Brothers, and Sisters:
Yesterday, NV Energy notified Local 1245 of its intention to cancel the current labor agreement effective December 31, 2009.
While NV Energy has not taken this approach with Local 1245 in the past, contract cancellation notices are not uncommon in collective bargaining.
The current agreement will remain in full force and effect until Dec. 31, 2009 and will be subject to the law as described below.
Your Union Committee is and will continue to bargain in good faith in an attempt to reach an agreement that is acceptable to you.
Here is a quick summary of the law:
“When a contract expires, the contractual wages, hours and other terms and conditions of employment remain in effect as established conditions.” (1)
“The Employer’s bargaining obligation before changing the conditions of employment after a contract expires is basically the same as its bargaining obligation before a contract is executed.” (1)
Your Bargaining Committee