Rally at Tonight’s Assembly Meeting
At some point, Anchorage residents are going to believe Mayor Dan Sullivan when he tells them who he is. At five minutes before quitting time on Friday afternoon, Mr. Mayor decided he’d tell municipal employees that the very next Tuesday, the Anchorage Assembly was going to be taking a vote to freeze their pay and benefits. Forever. Yes, forever. Not only that, they’d be deciding whether to gut their collective bargaining rights.
And guess when these employees who were notified at 4:55pm on Friday were told they could meet to learn all about these huge changes to their jobs? 8am on Monday morning. Because that’s what your government does when it wants to celebrate citizen involvement, and participation.
“Why are they moving something so drastic forward without any input from anybody else in the city?” asked Rod Harris, Anchorage Fire Fighters Union president. “There’s a political agenda at play here. The whole thing just smells bad.”
“I’m concerned about how much impact this could have, yet how little planning went into it,” said Sgt. Gerard Asselin, a patrol sergeant and an officer of the police union. “This isn’t a simple change as the mayor might suggest.”
Dan Repasky of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers said he was “confused and stunned” when he learned Assembly chairman Ernie Hall is a sponsor of the measure, with Assembly vice-chairwoman Jennifer Johnston. Hall has told members of the IBEW that he respected workers’ rights, Repasky said. “This action appears to us to be a betrayal of his position.”
The Mayor’s draconian plan will be introduced at the Assembly meeting tonight -Tuesday- at 5:00pm.
Please be present to demonstrate your opposition, and support hard-working municipal employees who were just blind-sided.
In a letter to supporters, Mike Wenstrup, Alaska Democratic Party Chair said:
We have seen what Republican majorities in Wisconsin, Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana mean: Sustained assault on the middle class, starting with employee unions. Republicans in all these states took direct aim at the fundamental right to organize, just as Sullivan has. In the case of Sullivan’s proposed ordinance, he doesn’t just gut collective bargaining. He would write into the statute a prohibition on employees getting a pay raise in excess of inflation–ever. He would ban any increase in benefits–ever. Sound too crazy to be true? Read it yourself.
Please share THIS LINK with your Facebook friends, and come to the Assembly chambers in Anchorage at the Loussac Library at 5pm.