Judge halts plan to change union dues collections in Alaska

October 4, 2019 GMT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A state court judge has temporarily barred Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s administration from pursuing changes in how public employee union dues are collected.

While Superior Court Judge Gregory Miller in a written order stated he was only ruling on a union’s request to temporarily block the proposal, he said the state’s new policy is “unsupported by applicable case law.”

Dunleavy, a Republican, signed an order calling for new procedures to allow state employees to opt in or out of paying dues and fees. State Attorney General Kevin Clarkson had previously opined that the state is not fully compliant with a U.S. Supreme Court decision.

Department of Law spokeswoman Cori Mills says Clarkson stands behind his opinion and the state will continue pursuing the case to get a final resolution.