Unionization Fails; Haines-Davidson Neck-and-Neck


Jay Barrett/KMXT

It appears that the battle for unionization in the City of Kodiak has failed for a second straight year. Meanwhile, one city council seat is too close to call after yesterday’s Municipal Election.

With both city precincts reporting, Proposition 1, which would have allowed city workers to explore unionization, failed by 40 votes, 421 to 381. Last year it failed by 17 votes.

City Manager Aimee Kniaziowski (Kenya-z’hoff-ski) said she was happy with the results.

(City 1 26 sec "It was close. Not as … I’m relieved about that.")

Jake Metcalfe, the executive director of the Alaska Public Safety Employees Association, said it was tough to go against the city government, which allotted $50,000 to fight the initiative:

(City 2 31 sec "It’s always disappointing … employees in Kodiak have.")

In the city council races, Pat Branson, who did not seek re-election to the Borough Assembly, ran unopposed for the one-year seat on the council, and collected 703 votes. John Whiddon has 495 votes and will likely win election to a three-year term. Meanwhile, the other three-year seat is a virtual tie, with one-term incumbent Terry Haines leading former long-time Councilman Charlie Davidson by just two votes, 444 to 442.

Haines said the disagreement between he and Davidson on the unionization question was likely the cause of the close tally:

(City 3 22 sec "Well, you know I … well served, either way.")

Davidson felt the same way:

(City 4 13 sec "You know, whatever the … in the future, you know?")

The two men will have a week on pins-and-needles before the outcome is clearer. City Clerk Debra Marlar said there are over 100 absentee and questioned ballots outstanding, and they will be counted next Wednesday. The election will be certified at a city council meeting later this month.

City Proposition 2, which allows the council to change the dates for filing deadlines, passed overwhelmingly, 613 to 158.


Unofficial City of Kodiak Results

Kodiak City Council – One, one-year seat

Pat Branson 703

Write-in 027

Kodiak City Council – Two, three-year seats (top two elected)

John Whiddon 495 (incumbent)

Terry Haines 444 (incumbent)

Charlie Davidson 442 (former councilman)

Write-in 011

Proposition 1 – Allowing Unionization

Yes 381

No 421

Proposition 2 – Changing Filing Dates

Yes 613

No 158

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