The Anchorage Assembly voted 6-5 last night to pass a revision to the Muni's labor laws, "that tips the balance of power in negotiations more toward management". That, according to an article in today's Daily News,
...eliminates the power of city government unions to strike or have binding arbitration, forbids performance bonuses or incentives in future contracts and limits raises to a maximum of 1 percent over the five-year average of Anchorage’s inflation rate. It calls for standard health benefits across unions.Labor leaders are unhappy; go figure.
It sets up “managed competition” in which city employees would compete with private companies for some jobs."
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The Matanuska-Sustina Borough (to the north of Anchorage, known as "the Mat-Su") School District has moved back to heating its schools with wood-fired boilers. This is in response to rising energy costs.
For you fans of Alaskana, the Mat-Su is some 20,000 square miles in area, or about the size of West Virginia. It's one of our smaller boroughs. :)
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That's about it for this a.m. Have a great day, and thanks for stopping by.