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Anchorage Labor Law Headed for Alaska Supreme Court

By | September 20, 2013 - 5:43 pm

Union supporters rally in protest of AO37 outside an Assembly meeting in February. Photo by Daysha Eaton, KSKA - Anchorage.

Union supporters rally in protest of AO37 outside an Assembly meeting in February. Photo by Daysha Eaton, KSKA – Anchorage.

There’s been another twist in the saga of Anchorage’s controversial labor law.

It looks like the ordinance passed by the Anchorage Assembly earlier this year, is headed to the highest court in Alaska.

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Friday, the Municipality of Anchorage filed an appeal to the decision of a Superior Court judge allowing a referendum that would repeal the labor law, also known as AO-37, to go forward.

The law takes away municipal workers’ right to strike and restricts collective bargaining rights.

The Assembly passed it last March despite a public outcry.

City attorneys say the issue is administrative not legislative and should not be decided by voters. They also say only the Assembly has the authority to set labor relations and personnel rules.

Opponents of the labor law say the city charter supports the public’s right to reverse a decision made by the assembly via initiative.

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