Anchorage Assembly passes rewrite of labor laws

Mar 27, 2013 -- 10:00am


- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The Anchorage Assembly has approved a rewrite of city labor laws by a close margin. The Anchorage Daily News ( ) says the 6-5 vote Tuesday night puts in place a law that tips the balance of power in negotiations with city unions more toward management. The new law, which was sponsored by Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan, does away with the power of local government unions to strike or have binding arbitration.  Among other changes, the law also prohibits performance bonuses or incentives in future contracts. Opponents on the Assembly spoke passionately against it, some criticizing the Assembly's decision to shut down public testimony March 11 while there were still people standing in line hoping to speak. Most people testifying that day were against the rewrite.

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