- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 2, 2014

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Sen. Bill Wielechowski says he’s gotten more emails on a bill to lower pay for Alaska-based employees of the ferry system by eliminating cost-of-living differentials than on any almost any other this session.

Fellow Democratic Sen. Berta Gardner said she couldn’t remember a single email of support she’d received for SB182.

The bill, from Sen. Fred Dyson, would not allow collective bargaining agreements to adjust the salary paid to an employee living in Alaska based on a difference between the cost of living in Alaska and outside the state. The bill would remove the cost-of-living adjustment for new hires.

Bill supporters say the decades-old provision is outdated. Critics say labor issues belong at the bargaining table.

The bill moved from Senate Finance last month but has not reached the floor.

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