|August 9, 2002
Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County
2050 Villanova Drive
Reno, Nevada 89502
Dear Mr. Krause:
On behalf of the 165,000 members of the Nevada State AFL-CIO, I am writing today to ask you to do everything in your power to settle the current labor dispute between Teamsters Local 533 and the RTC/Citifare. Because the Nevada State AFL-CIO currently represents all union members in the State of Nevada, we are very concerned that this company is threatening to hire replacement workers to do the work of our striking teamster members.
It is my understanding that 4.1 million dollars in emergency reserves is planned on being used to fund airfare, lodging and wages for replacement workers to break the Teamsters Union rather than utilize a portion of those funds to deal with the existing work force. In fact, it is very disturbing that these funds will be expended while this company claims to have an inability to pay its workers.
In addition, the RTC is putting forward an advisory question (WC-2) on the November ballot seeking state legislation for the RTC to obtain additional funding for transportation projects in the Truckee Meadows.
If approved, this will result in increased fuel taxes, increase the regional road impact fee, and increase the sales tax by one-quarter of one percent to support public transportation.
The Nevada State AFL-CIO cannot support any increase in funding or increases in taxes that would be paid to the RTC against the striking workers. I am writing today to ask you to use all legal remedies to solve this dispute and to stop replacing Nevada workers with out of state workers with no tie to this community.
In conclusion, I
would like to meet with you personally or collectively to solve this problem.
Danny L. Thompson
Danny L. Thompson
Déjà vu all over again?
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