Judge Sides With Unions in Labor Law Rewrite

A judge has ruled that Anchorage voters should be allowed to decide whether the municipality's law limiting annual raises for city employees should be repealed.

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by Associated Press

ANCHORAGE- A judge has ruled that Anchorage voters should be allowed to decide whether the municipality's law limiting annual raises for city employees should be repealed.
Unions petitioned for a ballot referendum after the assembly passed the new law in March. The assembly rejected the request, setting up the legal challenge.
Superior Court Judge Eric Aarseth on Monday sided with unions. He ordered the city to provide petition ballots by Thursday.
The city is considering whether to seek a stay while it considers an appeal. It has 30 days to file the appeal.
Besides limiting raises, the rewrite of the city's labor laws restricted incentive pay and bonuses in future contracts, and eliminated the ability to strike.