LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- A local police union filed a complaint against the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department over travel and time-off restrictions around the 2020 NFL Draft.
The Las Vegas Police Protective Association alleges LVMPD violated a collective bargaining agreement with the union by announcing time-off restrictions and not consulting with the union before making the announcement.
According to the complaint, LVMPD announced Feb. 6 that vacation, leave and out-of-state travel would be suspended from April 22-26, the same days surrounding the NFL Draft on the Las Vegas Strip.
“I say to sheriff Joe Lombardo it was a bad decision,” union president Steve Grammas said. “You can’t put those perimeters on people and not negotiate it with the bargaining group."
"The Department's unilateral change to these important subject constitutes an unfair labor practice," the complaint states.
The complaint also cites multiple Nevada Supreme Court decisions that state wages, hours and working conditions are a mandatory subject of bargaining.
“If our officers choose to stay and work overtime, they can and they will have no issue,” Grammas said. “But for [officers] shouldn’t be told to stay here unless [the department] negotiates that topic.”
LVMPD didn't immediately respond for comment about the complaint.
The union filed the complaint the same day the LVCVA approved spending $2.4 M on the weekend of the draft. About $500,000 will go to public safety, a spokesperson with the agency said. It’s unclear how much the NFL will contribute.