Vol. 1 Issue 3
Las Vegas City Employees’
Tommy Ricketts / Cell: 806-4658
Don King / Cell: 806-4650
I Wish You . . .
Vicki Ozuna / Cell: 561-5495
José Aviles / Cell: 806-4655
I have been saving the following story for about "Forgive me for asking, but why is this
Ken Falline / Cell: 809-3497
a year. As we approach and travel through the a forever goodbye?" I asked.
Gary Saffell holiday season, I thought that we could use a little "I am old and she lives much too far
○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ focusing on good will toward man. The many away. I have challenges ahead and the reality
LVCEA OFFICE different faiths that make up our society all have is, the next trip back will be for my funeral,"
one central theme: Be good to each other. We all he said.
857 N. Eastern Ave. want to have a happy life. Some have found that "When you were saying goodbye I
Las Vegas, NV 89101-2312 in order to accomplish that, we must SHARE with heard you say, "I wish you enough."
(Eastern & Constantine) others. “May I ask what that means?"
So, in this holiday season, may we wish you He began to smile. "That's a wish that has
M-Th 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
and yours a most happy and fulfilling coming been handed down from other generations.
Friday 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. year. We wish for you and your families safety, My parents used to say it to everyone." He
security and peace, both within AND without. paused for a moment and looked up as if
Phone: (702) 649-6606 Gary Saffell trying to remember it in detail, he smiled
Fax: (702) 649-2135 Editor even more. "When we said 'I wish you
enough,' we were wanting the other person
ecently, I overheard a father and to have a life filled with just enough good
LVCEA Office Staff: daughter in their last moments to things to sustain them," he continued. Then,
Karen Frei, Office Manager
gether. They had announced her turning toward me, he shared the following
Erik Davis, Member Relations Coordinator
departure and standing near the security as if he were reciting it from memory.
○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ gate, they hugged and he said, "I love you. "I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude
I wish you enough." bright.
Editor/Graphic Design She in turn said, "Daddy, our life together I wish you enough rain to appreciate the
Gary Saffell has been more than enough. sun more.
Associate Editors: Your love is all I ever needed. I wish you I wish you enough happiness to keep your
Vicki Ozuna enough, too, Daddy." They kissed and she spirit alive.
Karen Frei left. He walked over toward the window I wish you enough pain so that the smallest
Proof reader: where I was seated. Standing there, I could joys in life appear much bigger.
see he wanted and needed to cry. I tried not I wish you enough gain to satisfy your
to intrude on his privacy, but he welcomed me wanting.
This month’s contributors:
Tommy Ricketts, Karen Frei,
in by asking, "Did you ever say goodbye to I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that
Erik Davis, Becca Britt, someone knowing it would be forever?" you possess.
Steve Miller (HR) "Yes, I have," I replied. Saying that I wish enough hellos to get you through the
brought back memories I had of expressing final goodbye."
Deadline to submit articles is the my love and appreciation for all my Dad had He then began to sob and walked away.
15th of the month for publication done for me. Recognizing that his days
in the next month’s issue. Send were limited, I took the time to tell him face My friend, I wish you enough!
directly to the LVCEA Office or to face how much he meant to me.
email to: email@example.com
So I knew what this man was experiencing.
Call 649-6066 for details.
be my goal to make the LVCEA a recognizable Collective
What’s going on with your contract?
I sent a letter to the City Manager asking that contract ne-
What’s the LVCEA doing for me? It’s my opinion gotiations start immediately. This is being done as an at-
actions speak louder than words. I hope that our tempt to protect our rights and job security.
actions as the LVCEA Board have been visible to
the membership. Accomplishment for December I am planning a new member recruitment drive in January
2000 to December 2001: 2002. There is always strength in numbers. With your
1) adopted an operating budget and finished year help, our numbers will insure the strength of the LVCEA.
end under budget
2) paid in full office building for LVCEA How to Survive
3) stronger labor representation
4) increased LVCEA presence in workplace
in a Terrorist Society
5) developed and adopted manuals for all board
contributed by Becca Britt
members, committee chairs and employees
6) produce and publish a timely and professional
newsletter Editors note: This article is reprinted in part, due to space constraints,
7) archived and cataloged all LVCEA records and with permission by Douglas Harper, Citylife
Due to the attack of September 11, 2001, these guidelines should make
8) developed a comprehensive employee discount
good sense now.
program Always carry picture identification. Be prepared to show it to au-
9) hired new professional office staff thorities, and do so without complaint.
10) Parliamentarian and legal counsel present at all Buddy up with someone, a friend or a family member, checking
General Membership meetings on each other at least twice a day. In an emergency, a concerned friend
who knows your plans can save your life. Carrying a cell phone is also
11) 2002 Meeting Schedules published October
an asset for personal safety.
2001 Keeping in mind that one way to fight back against terrorism is
12) increased membership not to acquiesce to fear and cower at home—not to live even more via
13) developed and implemented a working TV and the Internet—it’s still undoubtedly safer to stay away from
membership database for grievance tracking crowds as much as possible. At the same time, if there’s good reason to
be in a crowd, go out if you wish, don’t let threats of terrorism hold
14) contributed time, energy and materials to
you back, but follow a few simple rules.
several charities In any large public space, such as a mall, theater, disco, concert
15) developed and adopted an operating budget for hall or stadium, make sure you know the layout. Look around on your
2002 way in, fix the locations of exits in mind and pre-plan how to get to one
in an emergency. Outdoors, locate open and sheltered areas where you
might get out of the way of trouble. In general, it’s a good idea to stay
This list highlights only a few of the positive steps
at the edges of a crown as much as possible.
we have taken to enhance the strength of the Have fun—do what you plan to do—don’t hang around after you’re
Association and remain independent. finished. Use common sense. Be aware of people and how they’re be-
having. Stay away from anyone who strikes you as a potential trouble-
By winning my election last year and then the maker. Get to know the people around you in a crowd. Try to make
clear to them what your purpose is. Say hello to them—more than you
WAGE election this year, it is still and always will
might under former conditions. Put people at ease as much as you can.
2 —continued on page 8
What’s been Happening at the Office?
What’s been Happening at the Office?
contributed by Karen Frei, Member Relations Office Manager
• Worked with the Finance Committee to prepare the 2002 operating budget
for review and approval at the 11/6/01 General Membership Meeting.
• Present at the Health Fair and Blood Drive on 10/30/01 and signed up two
• Finalized plans for Winter WAGE conference co-hosted by LVCEA and Utah
Public Employees’ Association.
• The Membership Satisfaction Survey was completed and distributed to the
general membership. Of the 950 surveys distributed the office received 48
responses, or 5.1%. Top three answers per question stated below. If you would like to schedule a time
to review the original surveys, please call me at 649-6606, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Membership Satisfaction Survey
1. Please list three (3) benefits you see by being a Member of the LVCEA.
Representation 29, Contract 27, job security/picnic 9
2. If you had the opportunity to change three (3) things about your membership in the LVCEA, what would they be?
Blank/stronger Union & Board 10, lower dues 9, nothing happy/more information 5
3. In 2000 there were 10 active grievances at any given time. Currently, there are over 30 active grievances (not counting class action
suits) in process. Do you sense the Board taking a proactive approach in solving your issues? Why or why not?
Yes 14, blank 13, No 6
4. Less than 5% of the total Membership attend the quarterly General Membership Meetings. If you are one who does not attend,
please provide an explanation. If you are one who does attend, what suggestions/recommendations do you have for future meetings?
Too late 11, family obligations 6, blank/membership not heard 4
5. Elections for President, Secretary and Trustee will be held in June, 2002. Do you plan to vote? If not, why?
6. There are currently fifteen (15) committees ranging from the Alternate Work Schedule Committee to the Safety Committee. If you
are not currently serving on a committee, what is the reason you don’t?
No time 18, ideas unrecognized/already do 4, don’t know/no interest/blank 3
7. We hired an Office Manager in September 2000. Have you noticed any administrative differences in the way the LVCEA has been
operating/functioning since that time? Please identify any improvements or setbacks you have observed.
None noticed 17, blank 11, more professional 7
8. Do you feel the Board is accessible to the Membership? Yes or No (please circle)
Yes 35, No 8, Blank 4
9. Do you feel the Grievance Chairperson is accessible to the Membership? Yes or No (please circle)
Yes 23, No/blank 8, don’t know 7
10. We changed legal counsel in mid-2000. Do you see an increased level of participation and representation since that
time by the new legal counsel? Why or why not?
Not sure 17, blank 10, no change 8
11. The office periodically distributes discounts and Membership information. Do you see these discounts as a benefit
of your membership? Why or why not?
Yes, 25, No 13, don’t use 6
12. Are there discounts you wish we would carry? Please identify.
Blank 16, local theatres & shows 13, no others 7
13. The LVCEA is always in need of volunteers to serve on various committees. Would you be interested in volunteering
on one or more of the following committees (please circle):
No 16, Blank 14, more information 8
Grievance Committee as a Representative
Yes No More Info
Finance Committee Yes No More Info
Negotiations Committee Yes No More Info
Bylaws Committee Yes No More Info
Civil Service Committee Yes No More Info
Deferred Compensation Committee Yes No More Info
Yes No More Info
Political Action Committee Yes No More Info
Privatization Committee Yes No More Info
Public Relations Committee Yes No More Info
14. If you don’t have a lot of time to serve on a committee, do you have special talents, hobbies or interest that might
be of value to your Association? If so, your Association can use those talents in many ways. Please indicate if you
would be willing to assist in special projects such as: folding mass mailing documents, affixing postage, maintaining
LVCEA bulletin board in your work area, etc. Please circle Yes or No.
Blank 17, No 15, Yes 10
15. Please feel free to share any additional comments
you feel would enhance the benefits you receive as a
Member of the LVCEA. Grievance Summary as of: November 2, 2001
Blank 20, enhance payback on sick time accruals,
complete list of benefits of being a LVCEA member,
Total grievances filed year to date 71
work on privatization issues, advertise victories more,
Total settled grievances 51
local discounts, information on contraction negotia-
Closed – no grievance exist 16
tion, Board replaced with non-city employees, CEA
Net settled grievances 35
column in City Team, bid on days off, retirement
buyout, AWS protection, cafeteria plan type benefits,
Board communicating much better than in the past
% of Wins 66%
years, happy w/previous contract negotiations, full-
Pending grievances 20
time president and part-time VP, CEA presence in
Step 1 2
worksite, get paid lunch hour back, wish CEA had
Step 2 2
more clout, felt survey was confrontational, better
Step 3 8
communication w/City, work rules for all depts., limit
committee chairs to 1 yr, incentive pay for special
Grievances filed by department:
skills i.e. bilingual
Muni Court 17 24%
Field Operations 11 15%
Public Works 8 11%
Action to be taken as result of questionnaire responses: ` City Attorney 7 10%
• Results to be shared at General Membership Neighborhood Srvcs 6 8%
Meeting Nov. 6, 2001 Detention & Enfor. 5 7%
• Hard copies of original in office for review with Finance & Business 4 6%
appointment. Leisure Services 4 6%
• Refer contract issues from question 15 to Building & Safety 3 4%
negotiation committee. City Manager 3 4%
• Create tri-fold brochure Q102 illustrating City Clerk 2 3%
benefits of being LVCEA member. IT 1 1%
• Publicize victories and not just stats in monthly
newsletter. Total dues paying members 949
• Publicize discounts in monthly newsletter and % of grievances to members 7.5 %
on website. (Please note: this report does not include Class Action Grievances)
• Publish questionnaire results in next newsletter.
Deals & Discounts
Contributed by: Erik Davis, Employee Relations Coordinator
Holiday Herald Best Discounts
Can you believe it? The holidays are right around
the corner. It seems like just yesterday we were taking
down all of our holiday decorations. But ya’ know, it
really is the best season of the year. Even though it may
be nerve-racking with presents to buy, bills to pay, and
of 2001 / 2002
figuring out how to afford that family vacation you’ve
been promising all year long, you still have a smile on Arizona
1. Lake Powell - 5 to 15% Discount on all vacation packages
your face because, hey, it’s Christmas, Hanukkah, and
- Rent a ’18 powerboat & get one FREE room
Kwanzaa and you know Jolly Old Saint Nick always night at Wahweap or Defiance Lodge
comes through. Well, fortunately, we’ve been lucky
enough to have Mr. Claus come a little early this year Utah
and we have been distributing to our members. This 1. Brianhead - 2 for 1 season pass - Buy a mid-week season
holiday season, would you like to give your family the pass for only $199 (Mon. –
best vacation ever and do it for less than affordable? Do Fri.)
we have the coupon for you! Until January 31, 2002, we
have tickets to enjoy all of the thrills, magic, stunts, and California
1. Knott’s Berry Farm - Reg. Adult ~ $40.00 - LVCEA Adult ~ $20.50
special effects of Universal Studios Hollywood for $23
2. Long Beach Aquarium - Reg. Adult ~ $14.95 - LVCEA Adult ~ $12.95
off the original price. The regular admission price is $43 3. Medieval Times - Reg. Adult ~ $39.95 - LVCEA Adult ~ $33.00
and we have them for you for only $20. If you want to 4. San Diego Zoo - Reg. Adult ~ $28.00 - LVCEA Adult ~ $24.50
turn your visit to Southern California into the most fun- 5. San Diego Wild Animal- Reg. Adult ~ $23.95 - LVCEA Adult ~ $21.00
filled vacation ever, contact me (Erik Davis) at the 6. Sea World - Reg. Adult ~ $41.95 - LVCEA Adult ~ $33.00
LVCEA office for your gift from Santa. It’s all the glitz, 7. Disneyland Park (no Sat.) - Reg. Adult ~ $43.00- LVCEA Adult ~ $31.00
glamour, action and entertainment of Hollywood, only 8. California Adventure - Reg. Adult ~ $43.00 - LVCEA Adult ~ $26.50
at the World’s Largest Movie Studio and Theme Park! 9. Universal Studios - Reg. Adult ~ $43.00 - LVCEA Adult ~ $26.00
As we all know, good things have to come to an 10. Great America - $119/night includes 2 room suite at Quality
Suites & 2 general admission tickets to the park
end, and before you know it, the holiday season will be
11. Six Flags Magic Mt. - Reg. Adult ~ $41.00 - LVCEA Adult ~ $22.99
over and all the fun will diminish, right? Well, not with 12. Six Flags Hurricane Hbr. - Reg. Adult ~ $19.99 - LVCEA Adult ~
the LVCEA! Even after our holiday season is over, we $15.00
have plenty of events to look forward to. Since the be- 13. Palm Springs Aerial Tram - 15% discount on Tram fare - 10% off
ginning of November, we have been planning the restaurants, gift shops, ski rentals, mule ride, etc.
LVCEA’s 7th Annual Golf Tournament. We have con- 14. Queen Mary Seaport - $3.00 off admission to all LVCEA members
tacted various golf courses around town and will be meet- - 20% off Hotel Queen Mary Lodging
ing with specific courses to discuss in detail how to make - 10% off all merchandise
this year’s tournament better than ever. If there are any 15. Legoland - Reg. Adult ~ $32.00 - LVCEA Adult ~ $25.00
16. Pacific Park - 50% off Unlimited Ride Wristband
members who would like to volunteer some of their time
17. Wax Museum - 20% off to LVCEA members
in helping us plan the tournament, please contact Karen 18. Ripley’s Believe . . . - 20% off to LVCEA members
or myself as soon as possible so that we can get things 19. Catalina Cruises - 10% off to Catalina Island
going. - 2 for 1 on the 90 min. harbor cruise
There is never an hour of rest here in the LVCEA
office. We will continue to work on providing you with *note- CA discounts 1 – 9, LVCEA must have 12 days notice.
the most rewarding benefits of being members of the Las *prices are subject to change depending on season
Vegas City Employees’ Association. If there is anything
you need, feel free to contact the office at any time. Florida
1. Gatorland - 20% off each admission price
Happy Holidays and we hope to be able to add to the joy
- 10% off all merchandise
the holidays bring. Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, 2. Kennedy Space Ctr. - $1.50 off on a crew pass- $2.50 off mission pass
and a joyful Kwanzaa!
Deals & Discounts—continued page 5
Deals & Discounts—continued fromfrom page 5
1. 1. Scandia
Scandia - Buy 1 1 FREE unlimited wristband
- Buy 1 get get 1 FREE unlimited wristband
2. 2. Olan Mills
Olan Mills - One FREE groupsingle 8x10 color portrait
- One FREE group or or single 8x10 color portrait
3. 3. A1 Windshield Repair
A1 Windshield Repair - $39.00 all all repairs
- $39.00 for for repairs
4. 4. Cherry Hill Furniture
Cherry Hill Furniture - 45% off retail prices
- 45% off all all retail prices
5. 5. Men’s Warehouse
Men’s Warehouse - 10% all all purchases
- 10% off off purchases
6. 6. Regal Cinemas
Regal Cinemas - LVCEA Ticket ~ $5.00
- Reg. Ticket ~ $8.50 - LVCEA Ticket ~ $5.00
- Reg. Ticket ~ $8.50
7. 7. United Artists
United Artists - LVCEA Ticket ~ $5.00
- Reg. Ticket ~ $8.50 - LVCEA Ticket ~ $5.00
- Reg. Ticket ~ $8.50
8. 8. See’s Candies
See’s Candies - up to 30%
- up to 30% off off
9. 9. Adventuredome Park
Adventuredome Park - $4.00 Reg. Admission
- $4.00 off off Reg. Admission
LVCEA member save 15% to 30% on hotels nationwide.
LVCEA member save 15% to 30% on hotels nationwide.
1. 1. Hertz
Hertz - 15% all all rentals LVCEA members
- 15% off off rentals for for LVCEA members
• The Bylaws Committee did
not meet in October. It is the
intent of the Bylaws Committee to
distribute copies of the Bylaws to all members
for review and then schedule a Special Meeting to
discuss and approve.
• Catastrophic Committee received and processed several
requests for leave.
• Insurance Committee’s recommendations were approved
by City Council and the new medical insurance package Board Meetings:
will goes into effect January 2002. December 4, December 18, January 15
• Negotiations Committee will be called together again in 4:15 pm — LVCEA office
the near future.
General Membership Meeting:
5:15pm — City Council Chambers
ALL Members in Good Standing are encouraged to attend
Working Assembly of Governmental Employees
Workers Assembly of Governmental Employees (WAGE) Conference is scheduled for November 30 and December 1,
2001. Mayor Oscar Goodman will speak on Friday morning to welcome over 75 members nation-wide to the Winter WAGE
workshop co-hosted by LVCEA and Utah PEA. Workshops to include: “Technology Assisted Group Solutions” – TAGS – pre-
sented by the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service FMCS – Kitty Simmons, Commissioner, FMCS and also “Processing
and Representing Your Peers in the Grievance Procedure” presented by the staff of the San Bernadino Public Employees Associa-
tion. The Saturday workshop on “The Duty of Fair Representation (DFR) and Due Process” will be presented by Elizabeth Snyder,
LVCEA legal counsel. If you are interested in attending, please contact Karen at the LVCEA office at 649-6606 or via email at
email@example.com. The cost is $100 to attend both the Friday and Saturday sessions.
and Stuff The rates quoted in the Oct/Nov issue of
The Communicator newsletter for medical
insurance are the costs the City pays. The
This year was a great growth year. The following
City will continue to pay 100% of employee
are some statistics and interesting information about
premiums and 50% of dependent premiums.
the Las Vegas City Employees’ Association.
2002 employee contribution rates were in-
cluded in the Group Health Open Enrollment
— as of 11/7/01:
memorandum dated October 1, 2001.
Total Members: 937
New Members year-to-date 61
Steve Miller, MPA, RHU
Employee Benefits Administrator
Net new members for 2001 52
We had overall growth within every department
throughout the city this year. The Associaton always SHARING IS CARING
welcomes new members. There is always room for hard
After the events of September 11th, life as we
working, dedicated individuals that are proud of their
knew it was forever changed. There are things
efforts and work ethics. Read the articles within this
that won’t change, however. Those things are the
issue of The Communicator and see the advantages of
things that are deep within us. Our value systems
membership just in the discounts and special prices for
and our need to share with others. It is very re-
members of the LVCEA. The Association is also look-
warding that there are people willing to stand up and
ing for people interested in a wide range of activities
get involved in Organizations they believe in. To
that will benefit not only the organization but the citi-
share with others. The past couple months have
zens of Las Vegas. We have a lot of people in the As-
shown that that spirit is alive and well in the Las
sociation that would love to have you help them in their
Vegas City Employees’ Association. We have had
projects for the betterment of the Membership. If you
quite a few compliments about the newsletter. The
are reading this, you are either a member already or are
reason is that there are interested people wanting
someone looking for a reason to join.
to make it better. There are people like Becca Britt,
who are looking for articles that are of value and inter-
Read the President’s article and you can’t help but get
est to the members of the LVCEA, and are willing to
excited about what this Association is all about, what
share. If there is something that you may think would
has been happening and what the Association is accom-
be of general interest to the membership, let us
plishing for its membership. Now is the time to come
know. If appropriate and technically possible with
aboard and be a part of something good.
permissions, etc. in place, we would like to have
your contribution to share with the other members.
Survive — continued from page 2
In interpersonal relations, watch yourself for irritability, snippiness, lash-
ing out. The flip side of fear is anger. Fear can be healthy but anger can
ruin your life.
Finally, follow your instincts. Your subconscious and your body’s
sense of its surrounding will often perceive a threat before your mind can
articulate it as a thought—this is why survivors of extreme or traumatic
events often speak about having reacted automatically. If you feel an in-
stinctive response to a situation—to avoid something, not to go some-
Minutes of October 1, 2001 where, perhaps to take a different route than usual to where you’re go-
Board Meeting ing—respect your instincts. Take a deep breath. Ask yourself why you’re
Consent Items: feeling this way, what it is your instinct is telling you to do, and modify
• $25 parking key for Secretary Ozuna and your behavior accordingly. People who worked in the South Tower of the
Temporary Office Help World Trade Center, the second hit by a jet bomb on Sept. 11, were told
• Vice President King motioned to approve consent over loudspeakers during the first evacuation after the North tower had
items and it was seconded by Secretary Ozuna. been attacked that the danger had passed and they should return to their
Motion passed. offices. Many hundreds saved themselves by following their instincts to
New Business and Unfinished Business successfully continue to leave the building.
passed motions : On the other hand, if you’re wondering about going out, taking a trip
• Contribute $1,000 for sponsorship of WAGE or being in a crowd and you have the feeling that it will probably be safe,
Convention. respect that instinct also, knowing that it is probably safe or as safe as
• Trustee Position: President Ricketts appointed anything can be in these uncertain times.
Gary Saffell for the open trustee position. Psychologist Bruno Bettelheim discovered in his classic study,
Unfinished Business: Behavior in Extreme Situations: Coercion, that an essential key to
• Membership Survey: Vice President King motioned survival in extreme situations, especially when terror is a constant enemy,
to approve membership survey and send out to the is to possess a sound sense of personal identity. One positive outcome of
membership. Seconded by Secretary Ozuna. living in a zone of terrorism is that it might help us answer the three fun-
Motion passed. damental questions for a healthy life: Who am I? Where am I from? Why
• Grievance Manual: Secretary Ozuna motioned am I here?
to approve grievance manual as a work in Answering these questions in a way that comes solidly from within,
progress. Seconded by Trustee Grasmick. looking for a deep self-knowledge of what you are about as a human be-
Motion passed. ing, of who you are, what it is you yearn for, dream, most wish to achieve
Committee Reports: Reports on file in LVCEA Office as a person, can help you find the mysterious inner strength often required
Discussions and Announcements: to survive. More from the way you react to danger coming at you from
• Discussion on the Rep training and what will be your surroundings, your personal safety begins with a clear sense of your-
discussed. self and what you are doing in the world.
• Discussion of fiscal impacts.
Minutes of October 16, 2001
New Business and Unfinished Business successfully
passed motions :
• Attache’ cases and tote bags to be purchased for Please send to:
Board Members and Grievance Representatives - $700.
• Hands free cell attachment for Grievance
Chair - $35
• LVCEA Banner - $100
• Purchase denim and polo shirts for Board Members
– not to exceed $500.
Committee Reports: Reports on file in LVCEA Office
Discussions and Announcements:
• Discussion on LVCEA legal costs and expectations
of lawyers representing LVCEA.
• Suggestion on changing day of week for General
• Discussion of new list of employees to suggest to sit
on Peer Review Committee.