Alaska AFL-CIO says budget cuts would be 'a savage attack on Alaska's jobs'

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) — On Tuesday, the Alaska AFL-CIO labor group released a statement in response to Gov. Mike Dunleavy's proposed budget cuts for the next fiscal year, protesting over the number of jobs that could be lost if the governor's austerity cuts occur.

According to Vince Beltrami, executive director of the Alaska AFL-CIO, cuts of this magnitude would cost all Alaskans whether members of the union or not.

A budget analysis from the Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) determined that for every $100 million cut from the budget, 1,000 jobs would be lost.

"The university has already said they would expect to lose 3,600 jobs within the university system, and most of those are members of our union," Beltrami said.

The AFL-CIO's statement also condemned Dunleavy's move to undo administrative orders issued by Gov. Walker which protected workers in Alaska, including two implemented to protect the rights of workers:

-"AO296 protected the privacy rights of public workers and prohibited the selling or accessing of their personal data and preventing state entities from engaging in worker intimidation during union organizing."
-"AO286 emphasized workplace safety by barring companies with OSHA or labor law violations from procurement opportunities with the State of Alaska."

You can read the full statement on the local AFL-CIO facebook page, here.

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