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Nevada Workers Part of "Fight for $15" National Conference

Roxana Giron, a low-wage, home-health worker from Nevada, is attending the national "Fight for $15" conference in Virginia today. (Gloria Madrid)
Roxana Giron, a low-wage, home-health worker from Nevada, is attending the national "Fight for $15" conference in Virginia today. (Gloria Madrid)
August 12, 2016

LAS VEGAS - Nevada workers are among the thousands of low-wage employees gathering today for the first-ever national Fight for $15 conference in Richmond, Virginia. Nevada's minimum wage is $7.25 an hour for jobs that offer health insurance, and $8.25 an hour without it.

Roxana Giron is a a home-health worker and single mom with four daughters, two of whom have disabilities. She said she works 68 hours a week as a home-health aide, with no overtime or holiday pay, for $10 an hour. So, she's working with SEIU to form a union, and said she's at the national conference to advocate for better treatment.

"Working all these hours is killing me, because I'm so tired," she said. "And I wish to work only 40 hours a week. And I don't think it's fair, working so hard for so little money."

Home health-care workers were exempt from minimum-wage and overtime laws until last month, when an Obama administration rule went into effect. Working more than eight hours a day or 40 hours a week without overtime pay is illegal in Nevada. Last year, a bill to allow up to 12 hours a day without overtime failed in the state legislature.

Jose Macias, whose father works for McDonald's, is an organizer with the Fight for $15 campaign in Las Vegas. He said he's inspired by the stories he's hearing from other workers at the conference.

"This issue is really important, because it's not fair that people that are working for corporations that make millions of dollars on the workers' back, are having poverty wages," he said.

A ballot initiative
to raise the minimum wage in Nevada to $13 an hour by 2024 was pulled by its backers this spring, who said the timing wasn't right.

Nevada State Sen. Tick Segerblom sponsored a proposal to amend the Constitution and raise the minimum wage to $15 last session, but it failed. He is expected to reintroduce it in 2017.

Suzanne Potter, Public News Service - NV