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Slope construction season still strong amid price plunge

...the most reliable indicator of activity, set new records in October and November, according to data from the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development.There were 15,100 at work in the industry in October and 15,000 in November...
State | AK legislature
Walker: Ousted board members had oily ties

The three Alaska Gasline Development Corporation board members removed from the governing body this week were unseated to make way for everyday Alaskans whose careers have not been intertwined with the natural gas industry, Gov.
State | Local | AK legislature
My Turn: Center of the universe

I was thinking the other day how quickly we can feel the world revolves around us - that we are the center of the universe. We forget about the differing viewpoints and perceptions of others. We do our best to avoid it but we all know it happens.
Death Notice: Leray Francis Clements

...worked in Southeast Alaska as a fisherman, bus driver, janitor and computer programmer. He retired from the Alaska Department of Labor in 1975 while married to his wife of more than 30 years, Martha.Leray was a proud WWII veteran, serving in...
Death Notices
Alaska unemployment insurance tax to shrink in 2015

...calendar year 2015 is 2.1 percent, compared to 2014's 2.59 percent. The 2013 rate was 3.32 percent. The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development will begin mailing final 2015 rate notices to Alaska employers in early December.
Empire Editorial: Vote yes on 3, no on 4

...minimum wage will hurt the economy. To them, we supply the words of Ed Flanagan, former commissioner of the Alaska Department of Labor. "They (opponents of the minimum wage increase) predicted doom and gloom," he told a Fairbanks crowd in...
My Turn: Chamber CEO, Empire misrepresent circumstances of minimum wage debate

Imagine our surprise upon reading in Friday's Juneau Empire that we had "canceled" a presentation at the Juneau Chamber of Commerce last Thursday - with only a week's notice - and that the alleged cancellation was a reaction to the chamber having already taken an uninformed position on the minimum wage issue before hearing from both sides on the matter. Neither is true, as is well known to chamber CEO Cathie Roemmich, and would have been clear to the reporter had she contacted either of us.
Assembly eyes tax changes

...of those are low-income, or making a wage less than two times the national poverty level, according to the Alaska Department of Labor."The exemption is a great help to those of us who have fixed incomes," Spartz said. "Everything else goes...
THCC signs cooperative agreement with state and Microsoft

Tlingit Haida Central Council, the State of Alaska, and Microsoft Corporation have formalized their collaboration to coordinate specialized training and workforce development in the area of Information Technology (IT) to promote economic development in Alaska. The cooperative agreement was signed Oct. 15 during the National Indian Education Association's convention in Anchorage and is an annex to a Memorandum of Agreement signed by the State of Alaska and Tlingit Haida Central Council in August.
Alaska Editorial: Production is the only number that matters

The following editorial first appeared in the Alaska Journal of Commerce: Those driving the effort to repeal the oil tax reform on the Aug.


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