Policy Documents

Commission of Industial Relations: Wreaking Havoc on City Budgets and Governance in Nebraska

John Heieck –
March 1, 2009






Nebraska city governments are struggling to make ends meet. Shrinking tax revenues and growing personnel budgets are forcing city governments to ask increasingly tougher questions in increasingly tougher times: “Should we raise city taxes? Cut city services?


city employees?” Such anxious queries are undoubtedly related to the current economic crisis. However, Nebraska’s unique method of resolving city employee salary disputes is making matters worse. 

The Commission of Industrial Relations, or “CIR” as it is commonly known, is




state administrative agency responsible for resolving all city employee salary disputes in Nebraska.The CIR suffers from a number of problems, however, problems which directly threaten the economic vitality of city governments across the state.