Unions to fight labor law rewrite

Apr 04, 2013 -- 10:05am


- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A spokesman for Anchorage city unions is taking aim at a recently-passed rewrite of the city labor laws. The Anchorage Daily News reports that Anchorage police Sgt. Gerard Asselin says unions and others are behind a referendum drive to suspend the ordinance. The rewrite of the city's labor laws was sponsored by Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan and two Assembly leaders. The rewrite stripped power from eight city unions. It removed the right to strike, limited annual pay increases, outlawed performance bonuses and set up a system of outsourcing some work done by city employees. Organized labor is working to gather roughly 7,200 signatures for the referendum to be filed with the city clerk's office.

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