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las vegas review-journalFollowing enactment of a new law in Nevada, an SEIU local president has been ordered to return to work. The union boss is a county employee who has been paid by the county to do union work. The union finds it “unreasonable” that the county now expects the union boss to do the job that taxpayers pay him to do.

Clark County management has ordered Martin Bassick, president of the Service Employees International Union Local 1107, to report for work at a county job in a move that reflects the county’s interpretation of a new state lawconcerning paid leave for union representatives.

The county’s human resources department notified Bassick in a letter Thursday to report at his county public works job at 8 a.m. Monday, according to correspondence obtained by the Review-Journal. The letter cites a bill that the Legislature passed this session and Gov. Brian Sandoval signed into law

“I just received this letter out of the blue,” Bassick said, adding that no one from the county talked to him before he received it…

Under the county’s contract with the SEIU, the union president is allowed to be on full-time paid leave from his county job to focus on union-related duties. During that time, the county covers the union president’s paycheck and benefits…

Senate Bill 241 changed that system, leaving a couple other options. Under the new law, if an employee goes on paid leave for union-related work, the labor organization must reimburse the government employer for that pay. Another option is for the government employer to provide paid union leave, but only after the union makes a concession during contract negotiations that’s financially equal to the costs of the leave…

In a letter to the county Friday, SEIU attorney Michael Urban said the county’s letter demanding Bassick’s return to the county workplace is “unreasonable,” and that nothing in the legislation applies to existing agreements.

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