Politics & Government

Begich, Anchorage Assembly at odds over union contracts

Months of simmering quarrels about what the Anchorage Assembly knew, didn't know or should have known when it approved long-term labor contracts late last year broke into the open this week in a flurry of accusations and counter-accusations between some members and former Mayor Mark Begich, now a U.S. senator.

At issue are five-year union contracts that cover wages and workplace rules for hundreds of the city's employees. Mayor Dan Sullivan and some Assembly members say the contracts are complicating attempts to balance future budgets in the wake of the national recession.

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