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Developmental Disabilities Workers Threaten To Strike In Clark County

A contract dispute between Developmental Disabilities of Clark County and a group of unionized employees has reached a stalemate. The union workers have been operating without a contract since last March.

The agency runs the FF Mueller Residential Center, which is a 24-hour care facility. Forty-five members of the UAW Local 658 who work at the center have set a date of March 16 to strike if a contract isn’t agreed upon.

Melissa Dabe of Developmental Disabilities explained that there are several issues on the table.

"Things like overtime, and universal leave, seniority, sick leave and personal leave and then discipline for absenteeism," she said. " So, it's really not about wages, we have a significant absentee problem."

The issue has been through mediation and fact-finding, and the state was unable to resolve the conflict.

Negotiations on a new three-year contract began a year ago after the previous three-year deal expired. Both sides will continue to meet this week in hopes of avoiding a strike.

 Union officials declined to comment for this story.