• Forecast
  • News Tip
  • Categories
Temperature Precipitation
Estimated read time
1m 33s

Assembly member calls for watered-down version of AO-37

By Emily Carlson 9:02 PM May 20, 2014
ANCHORAGE –

An Anchorage Assembly member who helped pass a controversial labor law is now calling for a watered-down version of the ordinance, which she calls a compromise.

Assembly member Jennifer Johnston originally voted with Mayor Dan Sullivan to push through AO-37, the labor law that significantly reduces the power unions have negotiating their contracts. The Responsible Labor Act would set a limit of a one percent raise per year for municipal employees above the cost of inflation. It would also eliminate bonuses and give the Assembly the final power in contract negotiations.

AO-37 passed the Assembly last year by a narrow 6-5 vote.

Johnston says her ordinance to repeal the original version would save the municipality more than $400,000. She says that’s how much it will cost the municipality to pay for the referendum vote in November. The unions are trying to repeal the ordinance, which they say was passed in a hurry and without proper input from the public.

Johnston’s ordinance is middle ground, she says. It would allow the unions to strike, prevent the municipality from outsourcing work and bring back binding arbitration.

“We’re having a rapidly changing workforce and technology and we have to be aggressive enough in the code to adopt to that,” Johnston said. “And I think one way to do that is going to have to be in aspects of management and how they can adapt and how employees can adapt. That’s what I’m looking for in this legislation.”

Johnston also admits there is concern that voters will repeal AO-37 in November when they head to the polls. If that happens, the Assembly cannot take up the issue for two years.

KTVA spoke with the Teamsters union Tuesday, and they say they are still reviewing the ordinance.

There will be more discussion on AO-37 at the next subcommittee meeting. That’s not for another two weeks.

Latest Stories

  • News

    Ferry riders on Southeast route to see new ticket policy

    by Associated Press on Dec 02, 8:58

    The Alaska Marine Highway System is changing the way passengers pay for ferry sailings on a Southeast Alaska route starting next year. CoastAlaska News reports that ferry spokesman Jeremy Woodrow says those riding the small Lituya will pay for a round trip to go one direction and get a free trip on the way back. The […]

  • News

    Rescuers carry down skier after injury at Turnagain Pass

    by Associated Press on Dec 02, 8:07

    A 36-year-old Anchorage skier was carried to safety after an injury at Turnagain Pass. Alaska State Troopers say emergency responders in Soldotna on Wednesday received a call that Brett Harvey had been injured on Seattle Ridge and could not hike down. The nature of the injury was not disclosed. The Alaska Mountain Rescue Group, Anchorage […]

  • News

    Alaska aims to ban smoking in public housing by spring

    by Associated Press on Dec 02, 7:45

    The federal government is giving public housing agencies nationwide 18 months to implement a ban on smoking, but the state of Alaska is looking to crack down on tobacco much sooner. KYUK-AM reports the director of the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation, Cathy Stone, says the state’s ban on smoking in public housing developments could take effect […]

  • Streaming sports gets easier as NFL comes to CBS All Access

    by Associated Press on Dec 01, 21:44

    NEW YORK (AP) – CBS says NFL games are coming to its CBS All Access subscription service, making it a little easier for “cord cutters” to watch football without a pricey cable subscription. Games aired on CBS will be available for streaming on tablets, to TVs and on cbs.com starting Sunday, if customers live in […]

  • State sponsors de-escalation training for officers

    by Lauren Maxwell on Dec 01, 21:14

    Being able to keep people calm is an important skill, especially if you work in a prison. It’s one reason why the Alaska Department of Corrections is sponsoring a four-day training in Palmer, where corrections officials and other law enforcement officers are learning to use their words instead of their weapons. The state is paying a Milwaukee […]

  • Lifestyle

    Alaska observes World AIDS Day

    by Bonney Bowman on Dec 01, 20:31

    Thursday is World AIDS Day, a time to remember those lost and support those living with the disease and commit to preventing its spread. The Four A’s, Alaska’s AIDS support group, says it currently serves around 260 people in Alaska who live with HIV or AIDS. The group also works to educate people about prevention and the importance […]

  • News

    Small oil company delays loan repayment after Walker cut tax credits

    by Liz Raines on Dec 01, 20:22

    Last summer, Gov. Bill Walker postponed hundreds of millions of dollars in oil tax credit payments for the second year in a row. “We just didn’t have the cash flow to fund those at this point,” Walker explained after announcing the budget veto in July. Now, companies that were counting on those credits say they’re feeling […]

  • News

    Demolition begins on old Iditarod Elementary

    by Shannon Ballard on Dec 01, 19:36

    It’s the end of an era for some in the Mat-Su Borough School District. The old Iditarod Elementary School is being torn down. For years, there has been talk about what to do with the building, once students moved into a brand new building down the road. For a while, the Wasilla Police Department was […]