LAS VEGAS (KSNV) — Clark County has suspended its employee contracts, citing the ongoing coronavirus outbreak and a need to make rapid changes to operations.
The measure, which comes from an emergency provision in Nevada state law, affects all employee contracts, including the Clark County firefighters' union contract.
That provision "allows us to respond quickly and efficiently in addressing very important operational needs across the organization without having to negotiate details with union leaders," a Clark County spokesperson said in a statement.
The county says staff needs to make adjustments to worksites, work hours and physical distance during the outbreak.
"Making these changes would normally require a lengthier process provided for in the collective bargaining agreement," the statement reads. "It is important that we not delay critical decisions such as this to protect the public and our employees."
News broke earlier this week that Clark County Manager Yolanda King had suspended the contract with Service Employees International Union, or SEIU Nevada Local 1107, which represents employees at University Medical Center.
SEIU blasted the decision, with members saying their contract is vital for working hours and benefits.
In a statement, Clark County said staff has been in contact with SEIU leadership and is listening to their concerns.
"Purchasing and distributing [personal protective equipment] is one of the concerns expressed by the SEIU and addressing it remains one of our highest priorities," the statement reads. "Clark County’s leadership team has great respect for our employees and their selfless dedication to public service and we fully appreciate all that they do."
Clark County currently has active bargaining contracts with 11 unions, according to the county website.