Anchorage Unions Turn in Referendum Signatures

Officials with Anchorage municipal unions say they have turned in more than enough signatures to place before voters a measure to repeal a law restricting union powers.

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by Associated Press

ANCHORAGE- Officials with Anchorage municipal unions say they have turned in more than enough signatures to place before voters a measure to repeal a law restricting union powers.
Unions turned in 22,136 voter signatures, more than triple the required 7,124 to place the measure on the ballot.
The assembly on March 26 voted 6-5 to approve what Mayor Dan Sullivan calls The Responsible Labor Act.
The law prohibits union members from going on strike and eliminates binding arbitration.
City officials this summer challenged the referendum effort but Superior Court Judge Eric Aarseth ruled last month that it could move forward. The city is appealing that decision.
Deputy municipal clerk Amanda Moser says her office will begin reviewing signatures for the referendum Tuesday.