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The forces of collective bargaining reform in the 78th Nevada Legislative Session primarily set about to: (1) make it easier for employees not to pay anything to the unions that are required to represent them in negotiations and grievance handling and (2) eliminate the kinds of agreements and practices that purportedly have caused financial turmoil to the state as it emerges from the depths of the Great Recession. Unfortunately, many of these “reforms” were based on misconceptions about the role and effects of public sector collective bargaining in Nevada and in American society generally. In this article, I describe five of these prevailing myths and show that they lack basis in the realities of collective bargaining and public sector unions today. I also describe the legislation that was enacted in the 78th session and its impact on public sector collective bargaining in Nevada. Then, I look ahead to the lessons that the last two years may hold for the 2017 legislative session.

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2 Nev. Prac. J. Lab. & Emp. L. 38 (2017).