Lawmakers Consider Benefits for Locked-Out Nevada Workers

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CARSON CITY (AP) - The AFL-CIO and other unions are pushing for
a bill that would ensure Nevada workers can collect unemployment
benefits during lockouts.

The bill stems from a six-week-long lockout early last year at a
drug distribution facility in Henderson. About 650 workers were
denied unemployment benefits.

Union officials say that's unfair, since workers don't choose to
be locked out.

The Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce opposes the bill. That group's
lobbyist argues that lawmakers shouldn't alter the balance of power
between employers and workers.

The bill passed the Assembly last month on a party-line vote,
with only one Republican supporting the proposal. It's now in the
Republican-controlled state Senate.

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