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Gov. Walker proclaims June as Safety Month in Alaska

...prevention."Keeping employees safe at work is one of the tenets of the Department of Labor," Department of Labor Commissioner Heidi Drygas said in a news release.The state advises employers to hold regular safety briefings and to ensure...
State | Local
Proposal would reject pay increases for public employees

...savings seemed to track with the amount for cost-of-living adjustments.Sen. Click Bishop, a former state labor commissioner, said after the morning meeting that he did not support the amendments. Bishop, R-Fairbanks, who sits on Senate...
State | AK legislature
Proposal would reject pay increases for public employees

...of the salary increases would save about $57 million in all fund sources.Sen. Click Bishop, a former state labor commissioner, said afterward that he did not support the amendments.
Alaska minimum wage rises to $8.75

...District of Columbia also approved hikes last year, according to the organization.Ed Flanagan, a former state labor commissioner and a sponsor of the initiative, said he is glad to see other states increasing their minimum wage and he would...
State | AK legislature
Walker, lawmakers disagree on purpose of state gas board

...these individuals."The other AGDC board members are John Burns of Fairbanks, Dave Cruz of Palmer, Department of Labor Commissioner Heidi Drygas and Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development Acting Commissioner Fred Parady.Walker...
AGDC board seeks clarity on confidentiality pacts

...information, because you used that data to back up the assumptions you made during your analysis," Fauske said.State labor commissioner Heidi Drygas said not signing the agreement creates a predicament. But Drygas said she is confident there will...
So far, 3 of 14 commissioners chose Juneau

...Walker kept on from the Parnell administration, but their appointments have not been finalized.Department of Labor Commissioner Heidi Drygas, who was appointed by Walker on Dec. 19, will be in Juneau during the legislative session but hasn't...
Local | AK legislature
Chamber debate turns into lecture against minimum wage hike Chamber of Commerce CEO Cathie Roemmich said the group invited Ed Flanagan, a former state of Alaska Labor Commissioner and co-founder of the Alaskans for a Fair Minimum Wage, to speak but he cancelled last week. The Chamber then...
Ex-lawmaker quits primary challenge

...than they disagree on issues like state spending and resource development.His exit leaves Bishop, a former state labor commissioner first elected in 2012, without a primary challenger. Bishop is slated to face Democrat Dorothy Shockley in November...
Officials target mid-2015 for workers' comp changes

...said the first task is to review who is now on the committee, which hasn't met since 2009. Blumer, the state labor commissioner, may want to make changes in the committee's membership. People serving on the committee will also be asked...


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