Via Casey Reynolds, below is a controversial letter from Peter Goldberg, the chair of the Alaska Republican Party, to Assemblyman Bill Starr about the upcoming vote on Tuesday to repeal Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan’s controversial labor code rewrite. The rewrite, among other things, limits raises, duration of contracts and eliminates bonuses.
Word is that before the letter, there might have been just enough votes on the Anchorage Assembly, including Starr’s, to repeal the law. Now, with Goldberg’s letter in circulation, the repeal is probably a slam dunk. In other words, the letter is likely backfiring in a big way.
Goldberg wrote that the rewrite was the mayor and assembly’s “greatest achievement,” in recent history. Municipal salaries, he says are “absurd,” which is a view that probably aligns with many in the city. However, he then goes on to write “police and firemen are WAY overpaid.”
”I don’t buy the argument that their job is dangerous. Their pay dwarfs that of the average soldier who is far more likely to be shot at,” he wrote. Goldberg’s words are sure to raise the ire of police and fireman everywhere.
After the party leadership was hijacked by a combination of tea party/Ron Paul supporters, Goldberg, a retired Army colonel, took over to provide some sanity.
Here’s the letter:
Why are you changing your mind on the bill that reined in the unions? From my personal perspective, that was one of the greatest achievements of the Assembly and the Mayor in recent history. The salaries that some of our municipal employees receive is absolutely absurd. In particular, the police and firemen are WAY overpaid. I don’t buy the argument that their job is dangerous. Their pay dwarfs that of the average soldier who is far more likely to be shot at. Some of our police have retired pay that is much higher than military colonels and generals.
I suspect that you’ve gotten a lot of pressure from the unions, but I can’t believe that the population of the city as a whole wants to give in to them.
Please go back to your original position.
Peter S. Goldberg
Chairman, Alaska Republican Party
Colonel, US Army Retired
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