WANTS TO HEAR FROM ‘AT WILL’ WORKERS RELEASED FROM EMPLOYMENT
The ACLU of Alaska is asking anyone who lost their jobs with the Dunleavy Administration to contact the organization, so that it can protect them “and the rights of all Alaskans.”
The item appeared on Facebook on Dec. 3, and most of the comments beneath it were from people who thought the ACLU was overreaching.
“They need to stop whining and hope they have been the kind of employees worth retaining. Every incoming administration makes changes. Get over it,” wrote one respondent. Others disagreed: “Since when are social workers political operatives?” wrote another.
Dec. 3, the day that Mike Dunleavy was sworn into office, was when about 95 at-will state workers were let go from employment. Most of those were exempt employees engaged in policy work, but it’s likely that more than one lawyer at the Department of Law was given his or her walking papers.
The person posting the item above was someone who
was sponsored by ACLU of Alaska to traveled to Washington, D.C. earlier this year to protest the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. [Correction: She paid her own way]. Her name no longer appears under the State employee directory online.
Those at-will employees who were released from employment can turn to the lawyers at the ACLU to determine if they can force the Dunleavy Administration to take them back through litigation or some sort of class action lawsuit.
Democrat opponents of the Dunleavy Administration and the mainstream media are accusing the new governor of demanding an oath of loyalty. But in fact, it’s common practice to ask exempt employees to either reapply for their jobs or to state whether they want to continue employment under the new administration.
When the Walker Administration came into office in 2014, the media had no such inquiries about layoffs. Over the course of the first few months, the Walker transition leader, Bruce Botelho, erased nearly every Republican from state service, if they were in an at-will job.
COOK INLET KEEPERS UP IN ARMS
In other news, Cook Inletkeepers have a petition online to demand that the Dunleavy Administration return the Climate Change Task Force information and action plan documents, created under the Walker administration, to the official state website.
Ripping off the design concepts of the popular Dunleavy for Alaska posters, the organization wasted no time in launching the first guided missile into the new administration. The petition was reported by Alaska Fish Radio’s Laine Welch, who takes a strong anti-Dunleavy approach to her advocacy reporting.
Welch, who writes the Fish Factor column for newspapers, opposed Dunleavy earlier this year with an alert to “Vote for Mead Treadwell.”