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Judge Blocks Layoffs of NLV Police Officers

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NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- District Judge Nancy Allf has ruled in favor of the North Las Vegas Police Officers association halting the layoff of police officers for at least 90 days.

After hearing lasting three days, Judge Allf issued a preliminary injunction that impacts about 40 public safety employees, including more than a dozen police officers.

The police officers began receiving pink slips this week as part of the city's plan to balance the budget. The police union argued the layoffs would cause public safety issues and violated a contract agreement made with the city to not have layoffs after the last round of wage concessions.

"I can't sit back and let the city breach this contract when it has potential ramifications to the community," said Judge Allf.

"Why would the city agree to an unconditional freeze to layoffs for 18 months knowing the financial circumstances that they're in? It doesn't make any sense," said attorney Richard Dreitzer, city of North Las Vegas.

The judge encouraged both sides to return to negotiations.

Officials with the city of North Las Vegas have said -- because of this decision -- they may have to lay off 50 other city employees ranging to make up the $30 million budget shortfall.

 

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