Anchorage again rejects labor law petition

May 01, 2013 -- 10:25am


- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Anchorage for the second time has rejected an attempt to repeal the rewrite of the city's labor laws. The Anchorage Assembly passed the rewrite in March. The petition was rejected again because the city lawyer says the rewrite involves administrative matters that can't be legally changed by referendum. Mayor Dan Sullivan and two Assembly members sponsored the rewrite that stripped the city's unions of many of their powers. The mayor says he wants to make the bargaining process more efficient and save the city money. Andy Holleman, president of the Anchorage teachers union, says the matter is now headed to court to make sure the public has the right to vote on the matter.

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