SET FOR THURSDAY –  Potters, from left, Lynne Brandon, Michele Friedman, Liz Zacher, Robert Rose, Ritch Phillips and Tom Brown pose with some of the 300 bowls made for the upcoming Brave Heart Volunteers fundraiser,  this morning at the UAS Sitka Campus art room. Twenty potters made the bowls which will be sold at the event. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

State Out to Hire Outside Help in Union Dues Case

    JUNEAU (AP) — Attorney General Kevin Clarkson’s office is seeking to hire outside attorneys to help defend his decision that changes are needed in the way Alaska collects union dues.
    A request for proposals, issued Thursday, estimates a budget of $500,000 to $600,000 for the work.
    In an early blow to the state, a judge has granted a public employee union’s request to block while the case is heard implementation of Clarkson’s opinion and a subsequent administrative order from Gov. Mike Dunleavy.
    Clarkson said the state isn’t fully compliant with a U.S. Supreme Court decision that found government workers can’t be forced to contribute to labor unions that represent them in collective bargaining.
    Superior Court Judge Gregory Miller, in a preliminary ruling, said the state’s new policy is “unsupported by applicable case law.”   

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