The North Las Vegas City Council voted unanimously to suspend contracts with the four unions that represent its workers. "The goal of the resolution is to keep the city's labor costs flat for fiscal year 2013," said City Manager Tim Hacker.
North Las Vegas tried to negotiate concessions with the four unions but failed to reach an agreement with any of the unions. "We will look at our options and decide what we will do next week," said Police Union Chief Michael Yarter.
City Attorney Jeff Barr said the council has the right to take whatever steps are necessary to protect the city and its residents under Nevada Revised Statue 288. "You as City Council have the inherent authority and the statutory authority to protect the health, safety and welfare of your citizens," he told the council.
Hacker said North Las Vegas is in a fiscal emergency and by voting to suspend existing union contracts it will help close the $30 million budget shortfall for fiscal year ending in 2013.
The unions have threatened to take the city to court if they voted in favor of the resolution.
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