Union cancels authorization vote

Posted: Friday, September 24, 2010

FAIRBANKS - A union seeking to represent about 2,500 University of Alaska employees has canceled a scheduled authorization vote, saying it needs more time to battle opposition from school administrators.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that ballots for workers to decide whether to join the Alaska State Employees Association were scheduled to be mailed out Oct. 19.

The union had pushed for a fall election, but business manager Jim Duncan said union officials needed to discuss the proposal more thoroughly with employees.

Duncan said university President Pat Gamble shifted to a "very active negative campaign" against the union after taking over in June from former President Mark Hamilton, who had adopted a neutral position.

A spokeswoman for the Alaska Labor Relations Agency said the election will be canceled at the union's request.

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