Anchorage attorney says approved labor contracts invalid

Posted: Thursday, September 24, 2009

ANCHORAGE - An attorney says two labor contracts approved by the Anchorage Assembly last year are invalid because city code wasn't followed.

Attorney Joseph Levesque issued his opinion Wednesday after studying the contracts with Anchorage police and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

He said the contracts approved by the assembly are invalid because the city's financial officer didn't first certify that money was available to pay for it.

Assemblyman Bill Starr said he plans to ask the Assembly to rescind those and other contracts approved late last year, saying the administration of former Mayor Mark Begich withheld information.

Now a U.S. senator, Begich calls the allegations "outrageous."

Assembly Chairwoman Debbie Ossiander says they have just received Levesque's report, and she is not sure how the body will respond.

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