Which Side Are You On? (VIDEO)
Here is an outstanding video of the protest against Ordinance 37, an ill-conceived measure that would drastically curtail city workers’ collective bargaining rights.
Public testimony on the ordinance will be held on February 26. We will keep you updated with details.
Until then, ask the Anchorage Assembly which side they’re on.
Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan’s proposed ordinance to gut collective bargaining was introduced this past Tuesday. Disappointingly, Assembly Chair Ernie Hall was the ordinance’s sponsor. Mr. Hall has previously been endorsed by the Anchorage Central Labor Council. Not surprisingly, many labor leaders feel they have been betrayed by Hall.
The Anchorage fire marshal estimated a crowd of 1500 showed up in protest. Event organizers thought the total may have been even higher as lines of cars were still circling the block looking for parking after the ordinance was introduced, the Assembly took their dinner break, and the crowds poured out of the Assembly chambers.
And while the bulk of those who showed up were union members, organizers estimated around 2-300 were average citizens, not in unions, who understand this flawed political proposal threatens services and standards in the community.
A public work session is scheduled at city hall from 1-3 pm tomorrow (Friday Feb. 15th). Public testimony will be held February 26th and 27th.