CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - A bill granting state workers some
collective bargaining rights - excluding talks on wages or other
economic matters - was vetoed Thursday by Gov. Jim Gibbons.
Besides the bargaining rights measure, AB395, the Republican
governor also rejected SB376, which makes various changes in laws
dealing with the state's prevailing wage requirements.
AB395 granted collective bargaining rights only for non-economic
matters such as work conditions. But unions considered it a major
step toward eventually getting state employees the broader
bargaining rights enjoyed by teachers and local government
Gibbons said he vetoed the bill because lawmakers enacted "the
largest tax increase in state history" to cover state spending,
and AB395 "would dramatically increase the cost of state
government even further."
In rejecting SB376, the governor said it expanded the scope of
projects to be considered by the state labor commissioner in
setting prevailing wage rates and that "would effectively increase
the costs of all county public works projects."