Nevada State AFL-CIO


The Nevada State AFL-CIO is the state federation of labor representing over 200,000 members of 120 unions throughout Nevada.

The mission of the Nevada State AFL-CIO is to improve the lives of working families—to bring economic justice to the workplace and social justice to our state and the nation.


Every week, we bring you a roundup of the top news and commentary about issues and events important to working families. Here’s this week’s Working People Weekly List. Read more >>>

Each week, we take a look at the biggest friends and foes of labor. We celebrate the workers winning big and small battles, and we shame the companies or people trying to deny working people their rights. Read more >>>

 The Nevada State AFL-CIO will hold the 60th Annual Constitutional Convention on August 22, 23, & 24, 2016. The Convention will be held at the Grand Sierra Resort & Casino in Reno, Nevada. There will be a $200.00 registration fee per delgate, and a $100.00 fee per guest.

 (LAS VEGAS, June 16, 2016) Today, the general board of the national AFL-CIO voted to officially endorse Hillary Clinton for President of the United States. Read more >>>

 (LAS VEGAS, June 15, 2016) Yesterday, many of the Nevada State AFL-CIO’s endorsed candidates won their primary races and will advance to the general election in November. Nevada State AFL-CIO Executive Secretary-Treasurer Danny Thompson released the following statement on the primary election results. Read more >>>

Extremist in our state government and their special interest funders leveled an unprecedented attack against working people during the 2015 legislative session in Carson City, NV. 

Thanks to YOUR help we were able to stop most of their plans. NOW, we can make sure this NEVER happens AGAIN!

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 On April 28, 2016, Nevada State AFL-CIO Executive Secretary-Treasurer Danny Thompson issued the following press statement in commemoration of Workers Memorial Day. Read more >>>

Nevada AFL-CIO 2016 C.O.P.E. Conference approved the Southern Nevada and Northern Nevada Central Labor Council endorsement recommendations for 2016. 


Danny Thompson, Executive Secretary Treasurer of the Nevada State AFL-CIO, made the following statement on the passing of State Senator Debbie Smith:

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of State Senator Debbie Smith, an exceptional public servant that we could always count on to stand with Nevada working families. As a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers, she understood the challenges working people face. She will be truly missed by the labor movement as a champion, leader, and friend.”

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At the Nevada Raising Wages Summit in January, the Nevada State AFL-CIO unveiled their Working Families Platform to ensure that working peoples’ concerns are highlighted at the caucuses as Nevadans voice their presidential preferences. The Nevada Working Families Platform is grounded in a fundamental idea – that we can create an economy that works for everyone, not just the wealthy and well connected. Approximately 100 union members and activists have pledged to be Labor Captains at the democratic caucus on Saturday, committing to submit the Nevada Working Families Platform and find at least 10 additional caucus attendees to submit the platform, as well. Read more >>>

 Executive Secretary Treasurer of the Nevada State AFL-CIO, Danny Thompson, made the following statement on the ELM Locating and Utility Services workers’ vote to be represented by IBEW Local Union 396:

“The Nevada State AFL-CIO stands in support and congratulates the overwhelming majority of utility workers who voted for union representation at ELM Locating and Utility Services. These workers deserve to be recognized for their hard work and treated with dignity and respect, just like the thousands of other workers who perform utility work.

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It’s time America’s economic policies put people and families first, and on Tuesday, working people from across Nevada will gather to discuss what we’re doing to change our broken economic system where too many see the American Dream slipping away. Whether we’re fighting for immigration reform, secure retirements, the right to organize, or health benefits, Raising Wages is an agenda that unifies working people in a comprehensive effort to improve the lives of every working man and woman.

“The fact is, wages have been stagnant for a very long time, and they continue to fall behind even as our economy improves. But working people are coming together to reject the idea that there is nothing we can do about falling wages,” said Danny Thompson, Executive Secretary Treasurer of the Nevada AFL-CIO. “We know that collective action is the key to improving workplaces, communities, and our national economy.”

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Join us at the Nevada Raising Wages Summit, featuring AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka! Working people from across the state are coming together to discuss ways we can speak up together to create a decent life for all Nevadans. We'll talk about recent organizing efforts, immigration reform, and other ways we're working together across the state to make sure every working man and woman is able to sustain their family.


Danny Thompson, Executive Secretary Treasurer of the Nevada AFL-CIO, made the following statement ahead of the Republican Debate held in Las Vegas:

“Presidential candidates have a powerful platform to speak to the American public, but many are using it to spew hate, and their harmful words can turn into violence in our communities. Hateful rhetoric and xenophobia have taken over the Republican debate, and I don’t think Ronald Reagan would recognize the Republican Party today. Tonight, I hope GOP presidential hopefuls will pledge to stop the hate and focus on real problems facing working people across the nation.”

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Executive Secretary Treasurer of the Nevada State AFL-CIO, Danny Thompson, made the following statement on the Trump Las Vegas workers’ vote to be represented by the Culinary Workers Union Local 226 and the Bartenders Union Local 165:

The Nevada State AFL-CIO stands in support and congratulates the majority of workers who voted for union representation at the Trump Las Vegas. These workers deserve to be recognized for their hard work and treated with dignity and respect, just like the thousands of other workers who do the same jobs at luxury hotels up and down the Las Vegas Strip. Unions help level the playing field for working people so they can create better lives for themselves and their families. We call on the Trump Las Vegas to recognize the vote immediately, and we will continue to stand with the workers as they negotiate a fair contract.

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One year after President Obama’s executive action on immigration, the labor movement continues mobilizing to protect all workers’ rights

Today, the Nevada State AFL-CIO sends a message that is loud and clear: our labor movement will continue pushing forward with its efforts to build power for immigrants and will not wait for Congress, the courts or the elections to act.

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Stay up to date on our fight to protect working people in Nevada!  Text Nevada to 235-246 or fill out our web form.  Read more >>>

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Union members have been helping out Flint, Michigan, residents during its water crisis. Read the full article>>>

“On behalf of the over 120 unions and 200,000 members represented by the Nevada State AFL-CIO, we stand in solidarity with the workers at the Trump Hotel Las Vegas who are fighting for dignity and respect in their workplace. If Donald Trump wants to make America great again, he should start here in Las Vegas by agreeing to a fair process for the workers at his hotel to form a union. Today, thousands of working people, clergy, and community members will rally in front of Trump Hotel in support of the workers’ fight for a better life. They’re speaking together with one voice, and I hope Donald Trump is listening.” Read more >>>

Statement by Nevada State AFL-CIO Secretary Treasurer Danny Thompson on Scott Walker’s Visit to Las Vegas

“As Governor Scott Walker’s poll numbers fester, he comes to Las Vegas in a desperate attempt to create controversy and get back into the Republican spotlight. Walker has made a name for himself by attacking working people, but it’s clear that his policies in Wisconsin have created a stagnant economy that makes it harder for working families to get ahead.

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Statement by Danny Thompson, Executive Secretary Treasurer of the Nevada State AFL-CIO, on presidential candidates Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, and Martin O’Malley attending the Nevada State AFL-CIO’s 59th Constitutional Convention. Read more >>>

LAS VEGAS – Danny Thompson, Executive Secretary Treasurer of the Nevada State AFL-CIO, released the following statement on President Obama’s new overtime rule, which will benefit 40,000 Nevada workers:

“Nevada workers have been working more for less and less pay. Modernizing overtime protections is an important step in the Raising Wages Agenda that will put more money into the pockets of working Nevadans, giving a much needed boost to our economy.

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Join us August 17th-19th for our 59th Annual Constitutional Convention.

Every affiliated organization of the Nevada State AFL-CIO is requested and urged to have representation of its full delegation in the Convention. The Nevada State AFL-CIO is your organization; it is as strong as you make it, and its effectiveness is determined by the support given by the affiliated organizations.

Click here to download additional information including an overview of the schedule and hotel room rates.

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Today’s vote was a true showing of democracy in action. Workers across the country held rallies, made thousands of calls, and wrote thousands of letters. Raising our collective voices and taking collective action empowered our Representatives to execute the will of the people they represent. Here in Nevada, we are thankful for Representative Dina Titus’s strong support on this important issue.

Clark County has frozen pay and benefits for workers in SEIU Local 1107’s bargaining unit and ordered their President, Martin Bassick, to go back to his county job. At the same time, SB 482 was recently signed by the Governor, which gives raises to the Clark County Commissioners. They get a raise, while workers' pay is frozen.

Tell Clark County to stop the war on workers! Call 855-997-6987 to be connected to a County Commissioner, send your Commsisioner an email here, and come to the County Commission meeting on Tuesday, June 16th. RSVP here

The Nevada State AFL-CIO announces its Annual Scholarship Program for Nevada students. The ARNOLD / JONES / EVANS 2015 SCHOLARSHIP FUND offers $3,000 scholarships to 3 students entering college from union households. CLICK HERE to download an application.

According to the AFL-CIO’s annual Executive PayWatch report, Nevada S&P 500 CEOs made an average of $25.3 million in 2014 – 696 times more than the average Nevada worker who earned approximately $36,000. Nevada’s ratio is almost double the national ratio.

 “Today, the Nevada State AFL-CIO began running a new state-wide ad to educate voters on middle class attacks in the Nevada Legislature. Every week we see Republicans pushing legislation that will devastate working families. Attacking workers’ rights, wages, retirements, and healthcare will only hurt our fragile economy..."

There are six weeks left in the Nevada Legislative Session.  If you have not communicated with your membership about the attacks on the middle class, the time is now!  

Click here to download a draft letter you can send to your members.

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What happened last week in the Nevada Legislature, and what's coming up?  Read our weekly newsletter to stay up to date! 

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Workers’ rights, wages, retirements, healthcare, and more are being attacked by some Republican politicians in the Nevada Legislature.  Join us as we talk to voters about the attacks on the middle class.

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Today, Nevada Senate Republicans voted to slash overtime pay, eliminating the eight hour work day and giving a pay cut to low wage workers. At a time when workers are looking for more reliable schedules and pay, this bill incentivizes employers to push for longer workdays in a shorter workweek. Republicans rejected Senate Democrats’ fair amendments that would protect workers from being scheduled more than 10 hours in a work day without overtime pay and that would raise both tiers of minimum wage workers. Read more >>>

Some Republican Legislators in Carson City are pushing legislation that will hurt middle class families. Attacking workers’ rights, wages, retirement, and healthcare will only hurt our fragile economy.  Click here to sign the petition and tell politicians you've had enough!

Today, the Economic Policy Institute released a new study on unemployment rates by race and ethnicity. At 7.0 percent, Nevada leads the nation in white unemployment. Alarmingly, Nevada’s black unemployment is more than double the state’s white unemployment rate and second in the nation at 16.1 percent.

Some politicians in Carson City are trying to destroy prevailing wage.  This radical change will not save Nevada any money and will hurt our state's local businesses and overall economy.

READ the FACTS!  Click Here to download a study on prevailing wage. 

The Nevada State AFL-CIO announces it's Annual Scholarship Program for Nevada students. The ARNOLD / JONES / EVANS 2014 SCHOLARSHIP FUND offers $3,000 scholarships to 3 entering college students.

Today, the Nevada State AFL-CIO released the following statement in response to divisive, piecemeal legislation announced by Congressman Joe Heck that ignores the need for true comprehensive immigration reform.

 Today, members from pro-immigration reform organizations gathered to talk to voters in Congressman Joe Heck's district about the need to jumpstart stalled action to pass legislation on comprehensive immigration reform.

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 With the window to pass comprehensive immigration reform rapidly closing, Nevadans are asking what Joe Heck's plan is to convince his party to take action on an issue he claims to support.

 Today, the Nevada State AFL-CIO released the following statement in response to a quote from Congressman Joe Heck responding to critics, stating, "No matter what I do, it's not going to be enough...they are more concerned about politics than policy."

 After yesterday's report that House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy confirmed that Republicans have no intention on taking up immigration reform legislation in 2013, it is now clear that Joe Heck has broken his promise to deliver on immigration reform this year.

After Joe Heck's statements earlier this month that it doesn't matter what 50 percent of his district thinks, Nevadans are left wondering if 65 percent approval for comprehensive immigration reform legislation in his district is enough to convince him to support bipartisan reform legislation.

 Today, in the wake of news that Republican Congressman Jeff Denham has co-sponsored common-sense comprehensive immigration reform legislation, Nevadans are left asking if Joe Heck will continue to make excuses on why reform won't pass, or join his colleagues in working towards a solution.

 In the wake of a Politico report today that House Republicans have no plans to bring immigration reform legislation up for a vote in 2013, Nevada's working families are left wondering if Joe Heck will break his promise to pass reform legislation this year.

 Remarks this week from President Obama and House Democrats including Representative Steven Horsford once again drew attention to the need for the House to act immediately on comprehensive immigration reform and pass legislation this year. The Nevada State AFL-CIO urges Representative Joe Heck and House GOP leadership to call for a vote on the recently introduced H.R. 15.

 Months after the US Senate passed watershed comprehensive immigration reform legislation, a new poll shows that constituents in Nevada's 3rd District overwhelmingly support reform efforts, and Joe Heck's reelection chances might hinge on its passage.

 In the wake of an irresponsible and reckless GOP-led government shutdown, the NV State AFL-CIO is calling on Senator Heller, Congressman Heck, and Congressman Amodei to apologize to Nevadans for forcing people out of work and harming small businesses in the name of a failed political stunt.

 After over two weeks of the job-killing GOP-led government shutdown, Senator Dean 'no labels' Heller finally found an appropriate label - Tea Partier - by voting to continue the shutdown and plunge our economic into disaster through default.

 Today, the Nevada state AFL-CIO released the following statement in response to news of a deal to raise the debt limit and end the job-killing, GOP-led government shutdown:

 As the job-killing, GOP-led government shutdown continues, Joe '50 percent' Heck has a message for his constituents who he has voted to force out of work during the current government shutdown: you have "no reason to be angry at the congressman".

 Today, Senator Dean Heller proved his allegiance to the Ted Cruz wing of the Republican party by voting against a clean debt limit bill, risking a catastrophic default, and begging the question: will Joe Heck and Mark Amodei join Heller in his effort to risk he economic security of the United States?

 Today, the NV State AFL-CIO released the following statement in response to Congressman Amodei's insistence that Nevadan's Social Security benefits be used as a bargaining chip to raise the debt ceiling.

As Nevadans continue to suffer at the end of the second week of the GOP-led, job-killing government shutdown, working families are left to wonder if Joe "50 Percent" Heck will follow the lead of Congressman Mark Amodei by demanding cuts to Social Security in exchange for his vote in raising the debt limit.

 Today, as the GOP-led government shutdown is well into its second week, Congressman Joe Heck showed his true Tea Party roots, refusing to listen to half of his constituents and put Nevadans back to work.

 Today, as the House GOP government shutdown enters its third day, the NV State AFL-CIO denounced comments by Congressman Joe Heck, who called putting thousands of Nevadans out of work a "slowdown of non-essential government services".

 Today, as Americans across the country work to register new voters as part of National Voter Registration Day, the NV State AFL-CIO has released information showing that union representation in Nevada's voting population is strong, with union members, households, and retirees representing approximately 16 percent of voters.

Tuesday, September 24th is National Voter Registration Day! Check out the links below and find out how to register to vote. 

The Nevada State AFL-CIO is beginning our Labor Campaign Boot Camp Series with an intense TWO-DAY training on running for office and how to run an effective comprehensive political campaign.

This Boot Camp will include sessions lead by professional campaign leaders in messaging, fundraising, media, polling and running an effective field operation. Participants will be divided into teams where everyone will pick a campaign role and assignments. At the end of the Two Day Camp each team will present their campaign plans and receive a Certificate of Completion.

The Boot Camp is Friday September 20th and Saturday September 21st from 8:30am to 5:30pm. Cost to attend is $40.

Sign up for the Campaign Bootcamp by clicking this link

 All the news you need on our 57th Annual Nevada State AFL-CIO Constitutional Convention, to be held in Las Vegas from August 19th - 21st. 

 From June 23-29, the Nevada Policy Research Institute (NPRI), a partisan right-wing attack organization will be joining other like-minded groups in a national effort called, "National Employee Freedom Week'. This effort is meant to divide working people and take away our quality way of life. You'll find facts to fight back and protect the rights of working people.  Read more >>>

The Nevada State AFL-CIO announces it's Annual Scholarship Program for Nevada students.  The ARNOLD / JONES / EVANS 2013 SCHOLARSHIP FUND offers $3,000 scholarships to 3 entering college students. 

RSVP for our Nevada Labor Campaign for Citizenship Rally

Monday, February 11, 2013

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Let’s join our Culinary Brothers and Sisters as they rally against Stations’ Casinos horrible treatment of workers!


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Call for Jobs in Reno

Nevada's working families and the unemployed are calling on Sen. Dean Heller and Rep. Joe Heck to bring much needed jobs to Nevada and the Country today! 

Your Brothers and Sisters will lose their unemployment insurance unless Senator Ensign votes YES.

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