Alaska AFL-CIO Opposes Ballot Measure 1
Comment on the Alaska Supreme Court Decision
The Alaska AFL-CIO today formally voted to oppose Ballot Measure 1, which goes before Alaska voters at the November 6 General Election. The AFL-CIO of Alaska includes labor unions statewide, representing more than 50,000 Alaska working men and women.
The organization made the decision in Fairbanks during their biennial convention, unanimously passing a resolution opposing Ballot Measure 1 and joining the Stand for Alaska–Vote No on 1 campaign’s broad coalition, which includes more than 430 Alaskan small businesses, organizations and Alaska Native corporations.
Statement from the Campaign: Measure to go before voters
Today’s Court decision to remove sections of Ballot Measure 1 validates just how flawed and poorly crafted the measure is. The actions taken today by the Court are without precedent and should concern voters across the state. Even with today’s changes, this measure still replaces our science-based habitat management system with untested regulations that will result in job loss and kill current and future, vital projects. Stand for Alaska remains strongly opposed to the misguided measure that threatens our jobs, communities and way of life.
Proposed Initiative Threatens Alaska's Economy, Jobs, Communities
“We have long expected this measure to be approved to go before Alaska voters later this year.
“This misguided and poorly written ballot measure is ripe with unintended consequences that will cause havoc in Alaska’s communities and in how we live our lives, both in urban and rural Alaska. It’s clear the language of this measure puts important development projects at risk. But, it also negatively impacts public infrastructure projects such as roads, airports, ports, pipelines and wastewater treatment facilities.
Group Forms to Fight Anti-Development Initiative
The Stand for Alaska (SFA) campaign said today that a proposed ballot initiative that would overhaul regulations affecting virtually any type of project in Alaska poses “a dangerous threat to Alaska’s economy, communities and jobs.” The proposed initiative will likely go before Alaska voters later this year, pending state review and certification of signature petitions filed today with the State Division of Elections.
A new group has formed to fight the anti-development effort calling itself “Stand for Salmon”.