How amazing is it that a member of the union representing General Government Unit workers of the State of Alaska should have to publicly declare her rights to free speech and democracy in interactions with that union? Although Anita Synan expressed her expectations of ASEA/AFSCME Local 52, ("State Worker's Rights include Free Speech," in the Juneau Empire on Nov. 21) she is actually guaranteed those rights by a much higher authority - the Constitution of the State of Alaska, Article 1 Section 5.
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And, how amazing is it that GGU employees of the State of Alaska are required - as a condition of employment - to be members of a union with a business manager who was once the Commissioner of Administration under Gov. Tony Knowles? Back then, Jim Duncan was dedicated to holding down all the things he now tells the current commissioner of DOA that ASEA members deserve from their employer.
There was a time in the last century when unions served as a counter-balance to the exploitation of private industry. How amazing is it that in this century, public sector unions have become the exploiters of rank-and-file state workers?