Taxpayers in Las Vegas and its surrounding county shouldn’t be betting the farm and expecting to turn out a winning hand in this one. In fact, it looks pretty certain that Clark County taxpayers are going to end up the losers.
On the one hand, Clark County commissioners are attempting to be frugal with spending so that they can maintain an adequate police force. [Remember, this is Sin City, after all.] On the other hand, however, is the Service Employees International Union (SEIU)–the union that brought about ObamaCare–which is demanding wage hikes that could cost county taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars over the next four years.
According to the Las Vegas Review Journal:
One reason the County Commission is reluctant to raid the rest of its operating revenues to fund Metro: The county is in the process of negotiating new contracts with the Service Employees International Union Local 1107. The SEIU is asking for an arm and a leg, and an arbitrator might give the county no choice but to pay up.
[snip] The SEIU proposal is staggering in cost and audacity. It seeks a four-year contract with a 4 percent raise in the first year and 3 percent raises in each of the next three. Compounded, that’s almost a 14 percent raise over four years. For a bargaining group that has seen its members’ pay increase 13.5 percent since 2008. And the SEIU wants to preserve longevity pay for future hires — something Metro officers agreed to give up.
Amazingly, the SEIU offer is identical to the four-year deal it struck in early 2007 — a 4 percent raise and three years with 3 percent bumps — well before the valley economy melted down. In case the SEIU folks haven’t looked around or read the news for six years, it most definitely isn’t 2007 anymore.
A 1 percent across-the-board pay raise for all rank-and-file county workers costs about $5.2 million per year going forward, according to the county. The SEIU’s demands would cost the county an additional $70 million per year by the fourth year of the contract. [Emphasis added.]
Read the whole thing: Las Vegas Review-Journal.