Changes to the State of Nevada’s Local Government
Employee Management Relations Board (EMRB) were recently made. The Board, whose
members are appointed by the Governor, is comprised of 3 members from across
the state. The EMRB is the state agency that oversees labor relations and collective
bargaining for local government entities and their employees.
Philip E. Larson, who has served on the Board for
three years, was elected Chairman of the Board. Mr. Larson previously
served as the Board’s Vice-Chairman. Before retiring from
full-time employment, Mr. Larson worked in the Information Technology field for
nearly 40 years including 26 years with the IT Department of Sonoma County, CA
and retired as their Technical Services Manager. He and his wife
Linda have been married for 15 years, reside in Minden, NV and are the parents
of three children and three grandchildren.
Sandra Masters, who was
recently re-appointed by Governor Brian Sandoval for a second term, was elected
Vice-Chairman. Ms. Masters is a businesswoman with 34 years of experience
in real estate and recently obtained her insurance license focusing in the
areas of health and life. She is active in the Reno community and has
served on the DRI Foundation Board and as a member of the Sierra Angels.
She is the mother of seven children, eleven grandchildren and five
C. Eckersley, Esq., was recently appointed by Governor Brian Sandoval to fill a
vacancy on the Board. Mr. Eckersley is a Las Vegas attorney with the of
the law firm of Levine, Garfinkel & Eckersley specializing in a
wide array of business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, and
securities offerings. Mr. Eckersley was admitted to the State Bar of
Nevada in 1999. He and his wife Jennifer have been married for 19 years
and are the parents of five children.
The EMRB is the state agency involved in the process
of collective bargaining and labor relations for local government employers,
local government employees and employee associations or unions. Created by
Nevada Revised Statute 288, the agency provides resolution of unfair labor
practices; resolution of issues related to mandatory bargaining subjects;
resolution of disputes related to recognition and determinations regarding
appropriate bargaining units. In summary, the law governs concerted activities
on the part of local government as it relates to the collective bargaining
process. The goal of the EMRB is to foster the collective bargaining process,
to provide support to those involved in said process, and to settle disputes as
they arise in a neutral and timely manner.
The EMRB works directly with all Nevada local government
employers (counties, cities, school districts, police departments, sheriff’s
offices, fire departments, special improvement districts, etc.), local
government employees and local government employee unions or employee
associations as authorized representatives of collective bargaining
units. The EMRB also works with attorneys that represent these
organizations. Brian Scroggins serves as the EMRB Commissioner.