NV Energy CEO Michael Yackira‘s fat compensation package is the target of a new statewide ad campaign by IBEW Local 1245.
The ads, which began appearing on July 5, compared Yackira’s $4.5 million pay package to the wages of an IBEW Clerical worker at NV Energy who hasn’t seen a wage increase in six years. Over the next few days the ads will appear in about 16 Nevada newspapers.
The ad campaign is the union’s response to the company’s continuing refusal to engage in meaningful talks at the bargaining table. On July 1, the union proposed modifications of four key issues, which the union believes would result in a “yes” vote by the union’s members.
On July 2, management negotiators rejected the union’s offer, and declared that the “last, best” offer voted down last month by union members would be the company’s “last, best and final” offer. Management declared its belief that negotiations were at an impasse.
The union immediately placed a call to a federal mediator seeking mediation of the talks, and is now awaiting a respose.
Meanwhile, the union has scheduled a rally for July 8 to coincide with public hearings being conducted by the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada regarding NV Energy rates. The hearings will begin at 6 p.m. at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center. The rally is scheduled to begin shortly after 5 p.m. All IBEW members are encouraged to attend the hearings.
The “Jackpot” newspaper ads are scheduled to appear over the next few days in the following newspapers:
- Reno Gazette Journal
- Mason Valley News
- Carson City Appeal
- Tonopah Times-Bonanza
- Humboldt Sun
- Battle Mountain Bugle
- Lahontan Valley News and Fallon Eagle
- Elko Daily Free Press
- Las Vegas Review Journal
- Las Vegas Business Press
- Mesquite Local News
- Pahrump Valley Times
- Ely Times