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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...
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...
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...
Former labor commissioners support push to raise minimum wage

JUNEAU - Three former state labor commissioners are behind an effort aimed at raising Alaska's minimum wage.Ed Flanagan, Tom Cashen and Jim Sampson are behind a proposed...
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...
Minimum wage initiative wins approval

...Treadwell said Monday. Treadwell, whose office oversees elections, notified the petition sponsors, former Alaska Labor Commissioners Ed Flanagan, Tom Cashen and Jim Samson. Organizers will have one year to gather the more 31,169 signatures...
Non-residents top list in seasonal jobs

...hired for these jobs, that continues to be a tall order."Some seasonal jobs are in strong supply right now," Labor Commissioner Click Bishop said in a release. "Young people are especially encouraged to apply, as these jobs offer an opportunity...
Perkins replaces Pourchot as Knowles legislative director

JUNEAU (AP) -- Deputy Labor Commissioner Dwight Perkins will replace Pat Pourchot as Gov. Tony Knowles legislative director. Perkins, who dealt with the Legislature...
Oil tax bill earned its demise

...the governor's proposal, and the department is two years behind in its audit of the oil and gas industry. The labor commissioner admits to confusion with oil and gas industry employment numbers. So, how do we know how well ACES is working...


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