Getting to Know NAE

Since 1938, the Nevada Association of Employers has been providing Nevada businesses with services and support that help them successfully operate and grow their businesses. NAE continues to offer the same great services and support that we have always offered our members as well as new services to keep members at the forefront so they can succeed in an everchanging business climate.

NAE currently provides services and support to over 400 employers throughout the state of Nevada and membership is growing rapidly. Membership includes businesses in manufacturing, energy, finance, service, non-profit, mining, etc. NAE supports businesses with as few as three employees and businesses with hundreds of employees. NAE benefits Nevada businesses big and small, in a wide variety of industries, and with differing needs and desires.

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The History of NAE

The employer association concept has a very interesting history. Coming to prominence shortly after the Civil War, employer associations were seen by businesses as the conduit between themselves and unions. In fact, employer associations called many of the lockouts back then rather than the employers.

In 1895, the National Association of Manufacturers was created and with that, the number of employer associations began to increase. During the early years of the 20th century, the top 10 employer associations represented more than 15,000 employers in campaigns against the unions.  As the years went on, employer associations have maintained their place in labor/management relations across the country.  In the past several decades, many have also taken on the role of human resources support and political lobbying.

When NAE (known then as the Reno Employer’s Council and part of the California Association of Employers) was formed in 1938, it was primarily the result of trying to maintain a union-free environment in Downtown Reno.  In the late 30s and throughout the 40s, NAE was very involved in helping employers stay union free, in assisting employers in their campaign efforts and in representing employers in collective bargaining.

During the 1950s, the issue of ‘right-to-work’ in Nevada was prevalent. The NAE was very much involved in a ballot initiative in 1952 to get the Right to Work Bill on the 1952 ballot. The ballot initiative was successful and in 1952 the people of Nevada passed the Right to Work Bill. Union efforts to repeal this bill over the next several years were rejected by the voters. Nevada remains to this day a right to work state.

In 1962, NAE separated from the California Association of Employers and continued on with its labor relations efforts. In the 1980s, federal laws such as COBRA and IRCA added to an already lengthy list of employment laws in which employers were required to comply. NAE responded by becoming a professional resource for businesses in their efforts to operate within those laws.  In addition, NAE added to its list of services a slate of training offerings intended to educate employers on their obligations under the law as well as supervisory development classes.