She stated that the complaint “provides both parties with the opportunity to clarify this issue and resolve the dispute over what the state can and cannot do when it comes to workers` rights.” Asked why the subject was not the subject of contract negotiations, Mills wrote that “the state cannot wait to respect the Constitution, and First Amendment rights for public employees are not something that can be “negotiated.” Links to the existing collective agreements between the State of Alaska and the various collective agreement units represented by organized public servants are listed below. The State of Alaska has sued the Alaska State Employees Association to block the automatic collection of union rights of unionized public servants, citing the need to protect the rights of First Amendment employees. The complaint was filed Monday at Anchorage Superior Court. Monday`s appeal follows a June 2018 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that unions could not impose royalties on non-unionized public employees receiving union-sponsored benefits. In the judgment, it was said in part that there was “an important entry into the rights of the First Amendment … when public servants are required to financially support a union that, during collective bargaining, adopts many positions with strong political and civic consequences. After his election, Governor Mike Dunleavy asked Attorney General Kevin Clarkson to analyze the decision and determine whether the state had properly applied the Supreme Court`s ruling and allowed public employees to voluntarily withdraw from the payment of union fees. In late August, Clarkson issued a legal opinion stating that the state was not properly inserting the verdict and that it was appropriate for unionized public servants to reaffirm their union membership each year. The court record on Monday found that the state asked a Virginia-based company to work on the complaint. The company, Consovoy McCarthy, filed a letter to assist the plaintiffs in the 2018 U.S. Supreme Court case and represented a plaintiff in a similar Texas case.
Consovoy McCarthy also supported John Sturgeon in his case at the Supreme Court on freedom of movement on Alaskan rivers. Public sector unions have called this view extreme and said they will complain if the state tries to introduce such a system.