The Anchorage NAACP is demanding Republican lieutenant governor candidate Dan Sullivan apologize for comments likening required payment of union dues to slavery.
The organization’s president, Wanda Laws, said in a release that to compare slavery to current political issues “diminishes how horrible and tragic” it was.
Laws responded to comments Sullivan made during a candidate forum Monday. He was asked about right-to-work legislation, in which employees aren’t required to join a union to get or keep a job.
According to a video of the exchange, Sullivan said no one should have to basically “pay a fee” to get a job. He said “we got rid of slavery a long time ago.”
Sullivan on Wednesday said he didn’t think an apology was necessary. He said he was talking about “economic slavery.”
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