New Clark County teachers don’t have to join CCEA

Educators will save over $770 if they don’t obligate themselves to union membership

June 2, 2014 | by Victor Joecks

New teachers with the Clark County School District don't have to join the teacher union.

Between July 1 and 15, Nevada teachers can opt out of union membership

Two-week window gives teachers chance to save $600 to $770+ a year

June 2, 2014 | by Victor Joecks

Between July 1 and July 15, Nevada teachers can opt out of union membership. The two-week window gives teachers a chance to save $600 to $770+ a year.

CCSD has spent $2.1 million on outside legal counsel since 2012

Nothing comes before the school board, but CCSD’s legal department is well over budget

May 29, 2014 | by Karen Gray

Despite its massive budget and full staff, the Clark County School District Office of General Council has exceeded its outside-counsel budget in each of the past three years. For this school year, the CCSD legal office is some $179,000 over its legal services budget.

Why Big New Taxes Won't Fix Nevada Public Schools

As teacher-union leader Al Shanker explained, the core problem isn't money

May 27, 2014 | by Steven Miller

Money isn’t the real problem with K-12 public education. Albert Shanker, the longtime president of the national American Federation of Teachers, frequently — despite his union job — felt compelled to tell the truth.  For the first time, NPRI put its message in a wholly cartoon format, publishing a slideshow explaining Shanker’s important comments.

LV Metro comps Culinary Union over $195,000 in police costs in 9 months

Simultaneously pushes a tax increase on Clark County residents

May 19, 2014 | by Chantal Lovell

Las Vegas Metro for the last year has loudly lobbied public officials for a sales tax increase and — claiming poverty — has even reduced its public law-enforcement activity. All the while, however, the department was also gifting Culinary Union Local 226 with over $195,000 worth of free police services.

Why teachers are leaving the teacher union

Membership has fallen to just 60% of NV teachers

May 19, 2014 | by Victor Joecks

Membership in Nevada’s teacher unions is dropping, in part because of NPRI’s effort to let teachers know they can drop membership.

Firm auditing NVPERS pays $35 million settlement for not detecting 20-year-long Illinois embezzlement

City comptroller stole nearly $54 million from city, bought ranch, 400 horses

May 14, 2014 | by Chantal Lovell

The annual independent audit of the Nevada Public Employees Retirement System’s financials will be conducted by a firm that recently agreed to pay a city in Illinois $35 million after it failed to notice that the city’s comptroller had embezzled nearly $54 million from taxpayers over the 20 years during which the firm was conducting independent audits.

NLRB finds Culinary Union threatens, attempts to intimidate non-union workers

Judge orders Culinary Union to publicly pledge it will not “threaten” workers

May 13, 2014 | by Steven Miller

LAS VEGAS — For the second time in a year, a Las Vegas resort-industry union — this time the powerful Culinary Union Local 226 — has been found guilty of violating federal labor law with threats and attempts to intimidate non-union workers on the Strip.

An Affiliated Nightmare: Part II

Could language in the margin tax send innocent Nevadans to federal prison?

May 7, 2014 | by Geoffrey Lawrence

In addition to forcing separate companies to file joint taxes if they share a single, minority owner, the margin tax could also implicate innocent business owners under federal racketeering laws. This is the second of a two-part series exploring the ramifications of the initiative’s broad language.

An affiliated nightmare: Part I

A key definition in the margin-tax scheme would have catastrophic impact

May 6, 2014 | by Geoffrey Lawrence

The wording of the proposed margin tax is so vague that it could force companies that have only minority owners in common to file taxes jointly. This is the first of a two-part series exploring the ramifications of the initiative’s broad language.

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