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Industry, legislators still buzzing about Walker firings

...and who previously signed a confidentiality agreement, attended the working group session. Two new members, Labor Commissioner Heidi Drygas and Acting Commerce Commissioner Fred Parady, could not attend the technical session because they...
Gas-line group board seeks clarity on confidentiality pacts

...information, because you used that data to back up the assumptions you made during your analysis," Fauske said.State labor commissioner Heidi Drygas said not signing the agreement creates a predicament. But Drygas said she is confident there will...
Fears, hopes loom as wages set to jump

...having the fourth highest cost of living in the country. Ed Flanagan, cofounder of the group and a former Alaska Labor Commissioner, credited the current discrepancy to the Alaska legislature's repeal of the Cost of Living Adjustment in 2003...
Walker continues to fill cabinet

JUNEAU (AP) - Gov. Bill Walker is continuing to fill out his Cabinet, naming Heidi Drygas to be state labor commissioner.Drygas previously served as general counsel for the Alaska District Council of Laborers. Walker said Drygas has...
House education panel delves into vo-tech credits

...with high schools that send students into their program or face a 20 percent reduction in state funding.State labor commissioner Dianne Blumer told the committee the state currently does not have a means for measuring success at state-recognized...
Voices of Alaska: Don't be fooled by phony support for minimum wage

...the minimum wage initiative which has been certified for the August election as Ballot Measure 3. He served as labor commissioner under Governor Tony Knowles from January 1999 to December 2002.
Union opposes legislative action on minimum wage

...the law and essentially gutted it.Ed Flanagan, one of this year's initiative organizers and a former Alaska labor commissioner, told lawmakers that he has "no confidence" that same scenario won't play out again.But House Majority Leader...
What others say: State's cancellation of preference could save the law

...that could have invalidated the entire statute.Politically, the Alaska hire law is sound. It gives the state labor commissioner the power declare "zones of underemployment" where he can to require that as many as 100 percent Alaskans, on...
Repeal group reports raising more than $63,000

...reported about $10,000 on hand at the end of the period and $17,000 in debts.Ed Flanagan, a former state labor commissioner and an organizer of the initiative effort, said his group estimates it will take about $60,000 to get through...
Gamez Nance named deputy labor commissioner

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The head of the state Employment Security Division has been named deputy commissioner of the Department of Labor and Workforce Development.


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