By ANCHORAGE DAILY PLANET
The Assembly at this evening’s meeting is slated to consider a resolution, AR 2021-87, agreeing to a deal with city employee unions to get up to four hours of leave time to get COVID-19 vaccination shots.
The resolution, proposed by the city’s mayor-select, Austin Quinn-Davidson, could cost the city as much as $135,000 if all the city’s union workers take advantage of the deal.
You might think city workers, like the rest of us, would get the vaccine on their own to keep from getting or spreading the virus, or to avoid being crippled or killed themselves. Apparently our mayor-select sees it differently, or has found a way to slip another benefit to the city’s unions.
Instead of costing Anchorage money, why does the city not simply set up vaccination stations at workplaces? Why? Because city unions support the left-leaning members of the Assembly and this is a nice little payback at taxpayers’ expense.
Let’s face it, $135,000 out of a bloated, half billion-dollar annual city budget is not really a big deal, but it ain’t chicken feed either.