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Alaska AFL-CIO opposes Stand for Salmon ballot measure, calling it bad for economy

  • Author: Alex DeMarban
  • Updated: August 24, 2018
  • Published August 24, 2018

The Alaska AFL-CIO on Friday announced it had unanimously voted to oppose Ballot Measure 1, known as the Stand for Salmon initiative set to appear on the Nov. 6 ballot.

The organization, which includes labor unions across Alaska, said it also decided at its convention in Fairbanks to join the Stand for Alaska–Vote No on 1 coalition that opposes the measure.

The Stand for Salmon measure could hurt the state's ability to get out of the recession Alaska is in, the group said.

Supporters of the measure say it will protect salmon and other fish, without hurting the Alaska economy.

"Ballot Measure 1 is wrong for Alaska and is bad for jobs. It's that simple," said Vince Beltrami, AFL-CIO of Alaska president, in a prepared statement.

"This measure could shut down current operations and future projects throughout Alaska," he said. "Alaska is still in a recession and we've lost jobs. We oppose Ballot Measure 1 because it threatens the livelihoods of our more than 50,000 members."

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