19 Apr Safety & Fire workers earn less after inflation
North Las Vegas Police and Safety leaders met to discuss a recent change to Nevada Pers. A contribution to the fund is made on each paycheck and when a public worker retires, they’re eligible to receive up to 80% of their highest maximum wage. As many know, the contribution can be made by the employer or be split between the employer and employee. Some employers, such as CCSD, cover the entire cost of the contribution. The City of North Las Vegas, however, does not. Public workers with the City of North Las Vegas are expected to split contributions, which are paid for through a reduction in hourly wages.
Last November, it was announced that contribution rates would increase by 4% for most public workers, and 6% for Police and Public Safety. This comes after a 3% Cost of Living Adjustment, a small pittance amidst a 6.5% inflation rate. Public Safety workers say they are now earning significantly less in real dollars. This is in strong contrast to the City of Henderson, which is covering nearly the entire cost of the Pers increase. North Las Vegas trails behind both Henderson and Las Vegas in terms of both wages and benefits for Public workers. After the Pers increase, which will go into effect in July, this gap will become even wider. At what point will public workers in North Las Vegas be allowed to catch up?