from Nevada State Education Association website Jan. 17, 2007
NSEA Joins in Lawsuit Seeking Fairness
for All Voters
NSEA would like to set the record straight on recent news coverage surrounding
a lawsuit about the democratic caucuses. NSEA has joined individuals
and state leaders in a lawsuit to tackle the issue of fairness in the democratic
The opportunity is being afforded to some employees on the Las Vegas
Strip to take part in at-large precincts; however, this same opportunity
is not an option for our members who are working at schools hosting caucuses.
We are supporting this lawsuit because we are advocating for fairness and
an open process. If one group of employees has the ability to take part
in these important historical events, all employees should get the same
consideration. Our issue has been and will continue to be fairness.
Contrary to media speculation, NSEA has not and will not endorse a presidential
candidate. Our issue is that the process for selection needs to be
fair and open and allows ALL our members to participate.
NSEA Joins in Lawsuit Against State Democratic Party
NSEA has joined individuals and state leaders in a lawsuit that took exception
to the preferential treatment that was given to some workers on the Las
Vegas Strip who wanted to attend the caucuses.
NSEA joined the lawsuit to stand up for our members who are being asked
to staff schools that are being used as caucus sites and as a result are
unable to take part in the caucuses NOT in their home precincts.
The fundamental and overriding principle of these caucuses should be fairness
to everyone. We believe the opportunity to participate in the caucus process
should be available for all employees across the state.
We have consistently been avid supporters of this opportunity for our teachers
and support professionals to participate in the Nevada caucuses.
Further, this is a statewide caucus. Why is it that no where else in the
state has similar accommodations been made available? There are certainly
many shift workers in Reno, as well other parts of the state, and no special
accommodations are being made for them.
Our participation in this suit is about fairness and has nothing to do
with any particular candidate. Our members support several different candidates.
Our participation is about standing up for our members, protecting their
ability to caucus, and having their participation count as much as any
We are looking forward to the caucuses on Saturday, January 19th, and we
want that process to be fair and inclusive of everyone who wishes to participate.