Alaska GOP Lawmaker Introduces Anti-Union Bill
Measure designed to mirror Wisconsin's, says sponsor Carl Gatto
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Mar 22, 2011 10:46 AM CDT
Member of the American Federation of Government Employees union picket outside Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage, Alaska, in this June 28, 2010 file photo.   (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

(Newser) – A Republican state representative in Alaska has introduced a bill that would strip many public employees of their right to collectively bargain for changes to their hours, benefits, or working conditions. If that sounds familiar, it’s because the bill is consciously designed to mimic the controversial one passed recently in Wisconsin, sponsor Carl Gatto told the media.

Still, the bill is seen as unlikely to pass, CNN reports, because Alaska’s 2011 legislative session is already two-thirds over, and lawmakers are more focused on another controversial bill—one that would roll back the state’s tax on the profits of oil and gas companies. Democrats say they oppose the bill, with one wondering if they’d have to flee the state like Wisconsin's senators. “We’ll have to go to Canada,” she quipped.

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Mar 23, 2011 4:31 AM CDT
Unions played a very vital role in the past. Now they are for the most part relying on their past laurels and desperately trying to cling to any power they still retain. They are no longer for the workers, the workers are simply the union bosses fodder, to supply them with clout so they can conduct their own self sustaining existence, in their OWN intrest. They could care less about the middle class
Mar 22, 2011 6:37 PM CDT
Th GOP is winning..soon no middle class,, those of you in Alaska that are historians should know that the average man and woman always..I repeat ALWAYS experienced an increase in wages as unions got a don't look for any increases ..look for the top 1-5% to have greater profits since you will now have fewer benefitds and smaller checks to take home--AMERICA LAND OF THE RICH AND HOME OF THE STUDPID
Mar 22, 2011 5:48 PM CDT
The storm is coming, it is called conservatism. Oorah!