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NLV police union votes no confidence in city manager

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North Las Vegas city manager Timothy Hacker answers a question during a meeting with the Las Vegas Sun editorial board Wednesday, June 27, 2012.

A North Las Vegas police union voted unanimously on Friday on a vote of "no confidence" in City Manager Tim Hacker.

The vote came two days after the North Las Vegas City Council declared a state of emergency for the second year in a row to close an $18 million budget deficit after stalled negotiations with unions. North Las Vegas Police Supervisors Union President Leonard Cardinale said the union has opposed the city’s decision both instances, claiming it is an illegal use of the resolution.

The supervisors union filed a second lawsuit against the city for both emergency declarations as well as a motion for a temporary restraining order on Thursday. Cardinale said the union believes Hacker is mismanaging the city.

“He needs to go. It’s time for him to go,” Cardinale said. “I don’t think he’s capable of managing a city our size with as many employees as he has. He seems to be very anti-employee, anti-union.”

The declaration of emergency enables the city to enforce concessions on its police officers, police supervisors, firefighters and Teamster unions to close an $18 million budget deficit after negotiations stalled for a second year. Under the declaration, the city prevents unions from taking salary increases and other benefits outlined in their contracts.

The city is still working to settle lawsuits filed by the firefighters, police officers and supervisors unions for last year’s emergency declaration.

Cardinale said he plans to reach out to Hacker once more before the second lawsuit’s court case begins on July 16 to find common ground. Still, the union is also considering contacting the Department of Justice to initiate an investigation on Hacker.

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  1. I am sure glad we elected a thug union to run our city.

  2. Dahhh, what else would we expect. Unions still demanding unconscionable compensation. DE-CERTIFY the unions and let's move on. CUT compensation down to reasonable levels. Those working in the private sector took upwards of 10% hit. Those unemployed took a 100% hit. PAST time for the unions to give back.

  3. All the know-it-alls flapping their gums WITHOUT thought or consideration.

  4. This guy just got in to office, the unions are being unreasonable. They need to let Hacker have time to manage, not attack him and sue the hand that feeds them.

    The unions need to compromise as well. If they dont get their way 100% they should look for a midground, not lawyer up and cry.

    Grow up - the budget is changing. Yes, your pay and benefits may change. Deal with it.