Anchorage voters to decide whether to retain mayor's unpopular labor law


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ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Anchorage voters in November will decide whether to retain Mayor Dan Sullivan's labor law that has been unpopular among labor groups.

KTUU ( reports the city and state reached an agreement to place the matter on the general-election ballot.

The local labor law was championed by Sullivan and passed by the Anchorage Assembly in March 2013 over the protest of labor groups, which moved quickly to collect signatures for a referendum to overturn the measure.

The city challenged the referendum effort and lost in both the Superior and Supreme courts.

The assembly originally voted to set the vote for the April municipal election. Sullivan vetoed that date.

The ordinance would partially replace binding arbitration with Assembly decisions in some labor disputes.

It also would eliminate collective bargaining rights.

Sullivan is the Republican candidate for lieutenant governor.

Information from: KTUU-TV,

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