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 Mayor Sullivan Responds to NAACP 

  

5/7/2014
Mayor's Office

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   

Contact: Lindsey Whitt Phone: 907-343-7103 E-mail: whittla@muni.org  

MAYOR SULLIVAN RESPONDS TO NAACP, ALASKANS

At a recent candidate forum for Lt. Governor, I expressed my support for Alaska to be a “Right to Work” State, one of the key planks in the Alaska Republican Party Platform.

I am opposed to rules that compel mandatory union membership in order to perform certain work, which I referred to as a form of economic slavery. To me, the term has no racial connotations except that people of all races may be prohibited from holding certain jobs unless they pay tribute to an organization they may not support.

I do, however, understand the sensitivity that the term slavery connotes and I apologize if the use of the word offended anyone.  I will remain; however, steadfast in my belief that government policies that discriminate against the American worker, regardless of race, and that create unnecessary economic barriers should be eliminated.

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