AG sues public employee union over dues payments

    Alaska Attorney General Kevin Clarkson.

    Juneau, Alaska (AP) - Attorney General Kevin Clarkson has sued the state's largest public employee union.

    The lawsuit says the Alaska State Employees Association violates members' rights to freedom of speech because it makes political statements but limits opportunities to opt-out of dues.

    ASEA executive director Jake Metcalfe says the state's system for deducting union dues previously had been found to be legally sound under former Gov. Bill Walker.

    Metcalfe characterizes Clarkson's tactics as "bullying" and says Gov. Mike Dunleavy's administration is doing anything it can to make it harder for people to join unions.

    Clarkson last month issued a legal opinion stating that the state was not in compliance with a U.S. Supreme Court decision on how state and municipal employee union fees can be collected.

    More from News of the North

    Current Conditions

    Crude Oil Price