Nevada Unions: What you need to know

The state has little say in the regulation of private labor unions. This is because most of the protections given to labor organizations are contained in the federal National Labor Relations Act. This law is “preemptive;" that is, it overrides state law in the areas that it covers, which include almost all types of private employment. But in the areas it does not cover, such as the rights of public employees, farm workers and employees of businesses that do not engage in interstate commerce, the states are free to make their own provisions. Nevada has adopted provisions to supplement the federal guarantees. These laws extend to many workers not covered by the federal law the right to organize and bargain collectively. All private sector employees have the right to strike under Nevada law.
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The federal labor law leaves to the states all questions involving the unionization of public employees. Nevada law protects these workers' rights to unionize and bargain collectively and regulates the conduct of union elections and the resolution of labor disputes (NV Code Sec. 288.140et seq.). The law prohibits public employee strikes (NV Code Sec. 288.230). The Local Government Employee-Management Relations Board has administrative jurisdiction over labor relations for government employers, government employees, and employee associations/unions (NV Code Sec. 288.080et seq.).
Law enforcement officers. Law enforcement officers, such as police officers, sheriffs, and deputy sheriffs, may be members of an employee organization only if the employee organization is comprised solely of law enforcement officers (NV Code Sec. 288.140(3)).
The Nevada Legislature recognized that ...

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