• Forecast
  • News Tip
  • Categories
Temperature Precipitation
Estimated read time
1m 40s

Referendum on AO-37 adds another big issue for Anchorage voters

By Kate McPherson Photojournalist: Jared Mazurek - 11:09 PM August 12, 2014
ANCHORAGE –

The Anchorage Assembly had one last chance Tuesday night to avoid a referendum on the city’s labor law. But it came up one vote short, and now, the fate of AO-37 is in the hands of voters in the November election. Even supporters of the initial referendum petition say it’ll be a tough sell.

“It’s going to be a very difficult thing to attract the public’s attention on; a lot of people are not going to have time to think about this and talk about it very much between now and November,” said Andy Holleman, who has supported labor leaders in their effort to get AO-37 to a public vote.

Holleman says the best outcome would’ve been for AO-80, the modified version of AO-37, to be approved by Mayor Dan Sullivan, but that was never going to be the case. The mayor says AO-80 is a “far cry” from AO-37.

Sullivan has been fighting to secure AO-37 for more than a year and a half. Last week, the Assembly repealed AO-37 and replaced it with a more union-friendly version, AO-80. On Monday, Sullivan played his last card when he vetoed the repeal as well as the new version.

Tuesday night, the Anchorage Assembly couldn’t come up with the eight votes needed to override the mayor.

“It gives credence to the fact that they can’t use their own self initiative,” said Kevin McGee with the NAACP. “They’re reliant on whatever the mayor decides and they’ll side with the mayor regardless.”

Voters will now to decide the future of labor negotiations.

“We’ve tried all along to make a compromise, good faith bargaining, and apparently that wasn’t good enough for the mayor,” said Jason Alward with the International Union of Operating Engineers.

Latest Stories

  • News

    Summer school students get their diplomas in special graduation ceremony

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jun 28, 22:52

    Eighteen Anchorage students received their high school diplomas Tuesday at a ceremony at East High School. The group of teens from eight local high schools was part of the summer school program, which allowed them to complete their graduation requirements. One of the graduates, Bartlett High School’s Isaiah Alston, said it was a relief to […]

  • News

    M/V Susitna ready for sale to the Philippine Red Cross

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jun 28, 21:23

    The Matanuska-Susitna Borough got good news Tuesday about its ferry, which never transported any passengers and is in the process of being sold. Crews in Seattle have been working to repair the M/V Susitna‘s four water damaged engines. On June 23, the boat passed sea trials with representatives from the Philippine Red Cross and Mat-Su […]

  • Lifestyle

    FDA approves first pill to treat all forms of hepatitis C

    by Associated Press on Jun 28, 20:41

    Federal health officials on Tuesday approved the first pill to treat all major forms of hepatitis C, the latest in a series of drug approvals that have reshaped treatment of the liver-destroying virus. The Food and Drug Administration approved the combination pill, Epclusa, from Gilead Sciences, for patients with and without liver damage. The new drug’s […]

  • News

    Young gardeners grow food for children in need

    by Shannon Ballard on Jun 28, 20:12

    Some Anchorage kids are exploring nature, playing in the dirt and growing a passion for helping those less fortunate than themselves. Education specialist Patrick Ryan said most children would love gardening if simply given the chance. He teaches the Junior Master Gardener day camp each summer at the Alaska Botanical Garden. “I just want them to […]

  • News

    JBER Fisher House expanding to meet the needs of military patients and families

    by Bonney Bowman on Jun 28, 19:59

    The Fisher House on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson offers veterans, service members and their families a free place to stay if they have to travel to Anchorage for medical treatment. The house opened four years ago, but need has been so high, the organization is now planning to expand. House manager Jenny Hall said they can […]

  • Crime

    Driver charged with murder, kidnapping following Monday night crash in East Anchorage

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jun 28, 17:00

    Last updated at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 28 The Anchorage Police Department says a driver involved in a collision late Monday night is facing charges of murder, kidnapping and sexual assault, among others. At 11:40 p.m., police responded to the scene of a crash on the 2800 block of Debarr Road. A Subaru, driven […]

  • News

    Governor appoints Jahna Lindemuth as Alaska attorney general

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jun 28, 16:30

    Gov. Bill Walker named Jahna Lindemuth as Alaska’s next attorney general Tuesday. She will take over for Craig Richards, who resigned June 23. “I am pleased to welcome Jahna Lindemuth as a member of my cabinet and the new leader of the Alaska Department of Law,” Walker said in a statement. “Jahna was one of […]

  • News

    Alaska to receive $2.5 million from emissions-cheating settlement against Volkswagen

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jun 28, 15:30

    More than 1,200 Volkswagen and Audi vehicles with emission test-cheating technology have been sold in the state of Alaska, prompting the state’s Department of Law to join more than 30 other states in a settlement against the company. The settlement requires Volkswagen to pay more than $570 million to the participating states for the marketing and […]