Mayor Rejects Unions’ Offer
Sullivan says “Ten to 1” Anchorage residents support proposal to overhaul labor laws
“It's about bringing balance,” he said. “The 2008 contracts were clearly not in balance with the economic situation of our city and what this does is make sure this doesn't happen again.”
Asselin said he understands the city is doing well financially.
“We've seen a continuing thing through the years where the mayor says, ‘budget shortfall, budget shortfall,’ and in the end, there's a budget excess,” Asselin said. “It's our understanding that there is again going to be a budget excess for 2012. It brings you back, begs the question, whether there really is a monetary necessity for what's occurring now.”
Sullivan said he’s doing what’s right for the city, and dismissed as “rhetoric” the notion that dozens of union members would leave Anchorage if AO-37 passed.