second year in a row, residents of the city of Kodiak will vote on whether to
remove the roadblocks to allow city employees to explore unionization. A ballot
measure initiative last year failed by just 17 votes, despite the city spending
$40,000 fighting it.
At a special
meeting of the Kodiak City Council called for tonight, the council will vote on
again authorizing a contract with an Anchorage-based public relations firm to
fight the ballot initiative. The council is also scheduling a closed-door
meeting with Bradley-Reid and Associates to discuss strategy in opposing the
The special council meeting will be at 7 o'clock tonight
downstairs of the borough building in the conference room.
is the business manager of the Alaska State Employees Association, which
backed the initiative last year and again this year:
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brought it back again ... advocate for its passage.")
is needed to change city law, which currently bars employees from even
considering collective bargaining. If the ballot initiative passes, all
is allow city employees to vote on whether they want to unionize. Duncan
it's not something new in the community:
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worked well for the ... neighbors do in the borough.")
the ASEA (A-S-E-A) will mount its own public information campaign
for passage of the initiative, but does not have the resources to match
city's expected expenditure.
A year ago,
Councilmen Tom Walters and Charlie Davidson debated the expenditure of
funds on the information campaign:
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ask what the impact ... that's right, private money.")
has since retired.
municipal election is on October 5th.