Posted: Friday, August 10, 2001

UA tuition waived for Guard members

ANCHORAGE For the second straight year, eligible members of the Alaska Army and Air National Guard can get University of Alaska tuition waivers, the state announced Thursday.

The program is funded by $250,000 approved by the Legislature for fiscal year 2002. It's first-come, first-served. The program will end when the money runs out.

The program covers up to 12 undergraduate credit hours and nine graduate credit hours per semester.

Alaska selects new state medical examiner

ANCHORAGE Dr. James Dibdin has been named Alaska's new state medical examiner.

Dibdin will take over Oct. 1. He replaces Dr. Michael Propst, who retired in January after serving in the job since 1994.

Dibdin, 51, has spent the past 11 years as a private-contract forensic pathologist in California. He also was a deputy medical examiner in Los Angeles County in the early 1990s.

State medical examiners perform medical investigations when someone dies under unusual circumstances, such as in a homicide or suicide or from a disease that could be a public health threat.

Seafood workers vote to decertify union

SITKA Just one month after ratifying a union contract with Sitka Sound Seafoods, workers there voted overwhelmingly to leave the union.

Tuesday's vote was 89-9 against being represented by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 200, the National Labor Relations Board said. The union has seven days to appeal the results.

Some of the 135 workers eligible to vote said they were dissatisfied with their union representation and the 1.5 percent union dues deducted from their paychecks.

"We didn't want money taken out of our paychecks for nothing," said Derek Edwards, 19. The plant has a seasonal work force of 200 people.

Paul Bigman, with the ILWU Seattle office, would not comment on the results.

The union, which was certified in Sitka in 1998, had negotiated a contract for workers at the plant in early July, company officials said. Local 200 represents most unionized waterfront-based labor forces in Alaska outside of Anchorage and Valdez.

Joe Davis, attorney for Sitka Sound Seafoods and parent company Northern Pacific Processors Inc., said the voting results show that employees were happy with the company.

"We've done a lot of good things. I think the employees understand that," Davis said.

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