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March 12, 2013

Our union neighbors and friends – taxpayers lose and conservatives deceived


Anchorage Assembly will cave in tonight and delay the labor law reform bill

AK INSIDER says there is a high chance that the Anchorage Assembly will take the city union offers to delay the labor ordinance and possibly “indefinitely table the ordinance.”

 The tall story aftermath will be like this:

  1. All Assembly Members can gloat that they obtained city union concessions during their upcoming April election campaigns (Johnston and Fresca)
  2. Assembly Members up for re-election will not receive major campaign pressure from unions since they supported the delay (Johnston)
  3. Assembly Chair Democrat Ernie Hall looked initially tough for the taxpayers and supportive of his primary campaign donor Mayor Sullivan; now gets a sigh of relief with a way out from looking bad with the unions; and supports the delay  
  4. Mayor shows strength among Republicans for his effort to curb labor power and first major act during his administration; made major changes to the ordinance with a new version and looks conciliatory;
  5. Mayor walks off with fighting image to only blame the Assembly for caving in on his labor ordinance
  6. Mayor runs for higher office looking good that he fought the unions
  7. TAXPAYERS lose again; real conservatives are deceived; Alaskan conservatives feel sorry for Mayor

Keep telling yourself to be optimistic. See MOA Budget and Power Leadership chart 2000-2013; Mayor Sullivan playing politics with city unions?




About the Author

Chief Editor
Paul Bauer has served in various positions on Anchorage community boards, commissions and councils in and out of elected office with over a decade of business management experience after serving 22 years of national service. His background includes living in and visiting many diverse communities around the United States, Europe with small excursions to the Pacific that had him working with culturally diverse groups of people most of his life. As an Assembly Member he was one Member that voted against Mayor Mark Begich's costly budget increase; the largest spending budgets in the city's history; raising awareness to get a public discussion on illegal immigration in the city and removing the city's "Sanctuary City" status; bringing public awareness of the Mayor's lavish spending and his conflict of interest with his family's gift shop on the “E Street” road improvement project.


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