Anchorage unions question shorter work week

Posted: Friday, September 18, 2009

ANCHORAGE - Members of the largest city employee union in Anchorage want to know if they'll still face layoffs if their hours are cut.

About 100 members of the Anchorage Municipal Employees Association met Wednesday night with City Manger George Vakalis and Employee Relations Director Nancy Usera. The Anchorage Daily News reports the officials couldn't say how many layoffs might be avoided.

Mayor Dan Sullivan has proposed reducing the 40-hour work week to 37.5 to save about $6.7 million in next year's budget. It's one step toward closing a $20 million budget gap.

The union, which has 621 members, votes Monday on the shorter work week proposal.

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