City Employees Free to Explore Union

Despite the expenditure of thousands of dollars by the Kodiak City Government, the city’s residents finally, and narrowly, approved a proposition that could open the doors to allow unionization of city employees who currently are not allowed to unionize. The figures were released Wednesday afternoon after the city’s Canvass Board counted all outstanding ballots.

Citizens voted 413 Yes, to 395 No on city Proposition 1, in favor of allowing collective bargaining. That is a 51- to 49-percent margin in favor. Previous votes on the issue, also where the city has spent tax dollars to fight the measure, lost.

Overall, there was nearly 24 percent turn-out, with 856 of the 3,598 of the city’s registered voters casting a ballot.

The final vote tallies for the two city councilmen, who both ran unopposed, were 629 for Charlie Davidson and 557 for John Whiddon. There were 46 write-ins.

The results will be certified at tonight’s (Oct. 13) Kodiak City Council meeting.

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