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Teachers group will represent classified employees

by Merrie Leininger

In a closed session, the Douglas County School Board voted to recognize the Nevada School Education Association as the representative of classified employees of the district Tuesday night.

Many people spoke during public comment regarding a dispute between union associations which both want the district’s recognition as the union organizer of the district’s 402 classified employees.

Charlotte Brothwell, the executive director of the Nevada Classified School Association, told the board her organization had been seeking the required number of signatures that would allow the classified employees to unionize under the classified association. However, Brothwell said, she encountered many people who were confused because they had already signed with the Nevada School Education Association, which also represents the teachers.

Randy Cahill of the NSEA told the board his organization has the required number of signatures and wants the board recognition as the bargaining agent for all the classified employees except the bus drivers, who are already associated with the state classified organization.

Cece Zimmerman, a food service worker at Whittell High School and the president of the Douglas County Food Service Organization, which has represented the food service workers for seven years, said this year, she has been approached by other classified groups with questions about organizing and she helped them do that under the NSEA.

“It’s nice to have a collective and an organized way to approach the district with problems and it’s just nice to have someplace to go and someone to help us negotiate our concerns,” Zimmerman said.