ANCHORAGE--After weeks of debate, the Anchorage Assembly passes Mayor Dan Sullivan's labor law rewrite 6 to 5 Monday. (3/26)
The ordinance includes how to go forward with contract negotiations---and has caused quite a stir with some union members, who feel the decision to proceed with the overhaul was too fast.
"The process that they've used here for changing code is a joke really, to the entire process of how code is meant to be changed," said IBEW union member Mark Barnhill. "Code is very carefully analyzed one word at a time, one sentence at a time."
The assembly shot down a resolution 5 to 6, brought forward by assemblymembers Paul Honeman, Dick Traini and Elvi Gray-Jackson; asking colleagues to post-pone action on AO-37 until October 8th.
"This is just moving really, really fast," said Gray-Jackson. "One of the issues mentioned in the resolution was that in 1989 when 3-70 was revised, the folks at the time took their time, the assembly participated, the unions participated."
Supporters of the code change, claim the rewrite streamlines labor law for the good of the community.
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