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Vegas police unions sue

Posted at 6:36 PM, Oct 09, 2015
Las Vegas police unions have filed a federal lawsuit claiming the department's interpretation of a new law about pay for employees doing union work is unconstitutional.
 
At issue is the law that requires unions to pay for any leave taken by employees performing union-specific duties.
 
The unions said it would impact the officers who are currently paid their regular salaries and benefits through the department but are dedicated full-time to the work of the unions instead of traditional police work.
 
The federal lawsuit claims the way the new law is being applied violates the unions' First Amendment right to free speech and the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment because the police department offers similarly paid leaves to do work with other, non-union groups.