Sullivan’s War on Unions
Inspired, no doubt, by the biggest asshat governor in the nation, Scott Walker of Wisconsin, our own smaller version, Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan has fired the first shot across the bow of the working men and women of Alaska.
Alaska has the second highest union density of any state in the country, topped only by New York. But that seems to be irrelevant to Sullivan who may have his sights on a US Senate run in 2014. Sullivan trails Senator Mark Begich in a Public Policy Poll done at the end of January by only 6 points (47/41). If that’s the case, he’s “shoring up the base,” as they say.
Sullivan has introduced an ordinance asking the Anchorage Assembly to revise the city’s code to gut workers’ rights for public employee unions.
The document shows a host of changes including the elimination of arbitration, elimination of the right of unions to strike, limitation of contract length to three years, and the elimination of all forms of longevity pay, step increases, and performance pay increases.
More as the story develops.