The City of Las Vegas could soon lay off 171 people as part of its budget reduction plan. Mayor Oscar Goodman says there is one thing that could solve the problem: The city's four unions have to re-open their contracts and agree to an 8% wage reduction. So far the unions have not agreed to concessions and say, legally, that they don't have to make concessions. City officials released their budget plan last week which aims to solve the City of Las Vegas's $70 million budget gap for the next fiscal year.
We spoke with former Clark County Manager Thom Reilly. He's dealt with union bargaining first hand, and gave us some perspective on how the battle between the union and city might play out.