JUNEAU, Alaska — A Juneau senator has reintroduced legislation that would let public employees opt in to a traditional pension program.
One of the important services the Alaska AFL-CIO provides its affiliated organizations is legislative and political advocacy in the State Legislature and Congress. As with collective bargaining, by joining forces and speaking with a united voice on working families issues, we have more impact.
There are more than 60,000 union members in the state. But with very few exceptions, the positions taken on workplace issues by the Alaska AFL-CIO affect ALL working people, not just union members.
From the minimum wage to workers' compensation, from workplace safety to unemployment insurance -- the AFL-CIO, and other labor organizations are all too often the only voice representing working people on these issues. That is unfortunate, given the number of high-paid corporate lobbyists that often fight to remove or roll back workplace standards and rights... but it is a banner the Alaska AFL-CIO and other labor organizations carry with pride.
And, it is about time that our state legislators be held accountable for how they vote on issues that affect working families.
Also, to contact your legislators to weigh in on important working family issues, go to the following links: