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September 20, 2014

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North Las Vegas approves tentative agreement with police union

The North Las Vegas City Council unanimously approved a tentative agreement with the North Las Vegas Police Officers Association that will help the city close a $35.1 million budget gap during the next two years.

The agreement, approved by the council Wednesday night, will save the city $3.83 million and will save the jobs of 11 police officers who would have been laid off in the next two years, said Joyce Lira, the city’s director of human resources.

The agreement includes no pay reductions for current officers but introduces a lower pay rate for new police recruits. Union members will also forgo pay increases next year.

Sick leave and holiday work payback, in which officers can sell back unused vacation days to the city, also will be frozen this year, under terms of the agreement.

In exchange for the concessions, the city agreed not to lay off any union police officers for 18 months and not consider privatizing the city’s detention center until 2014.

“Our public safety officers...keep our city safe,” said North Las Vegas Mayor Shari Buck, who has voted against cuts to public safety positions. “We appreciate the sacrifices that you’ve made and look forward to our continued partnership in the future.”

The agreement still must be ratified by union members.

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