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The Kodiak Fire Department voted against representation

Another city department has voted against unionization, according to preliminary election results. 

The Kodiak Fire Department voted against representation by the International Association of FireFighters union, with four employees voting for no union representation and two voting in favor of IAFF representation, according to Nicole Thibodeau, hearing examiner and administrator with the Alaska Labor Relations Agency. 

The election tally is only preliminary, as parties have five days to file an objection. If no objections are received by Monday, the results will be certified on Tuesday, according to Thibodeau. 

“At this point, there have been no objections,” she said. 

The fire department was third city department in just over a month to turn down union representation. 

Teamsters Local 959 had submitted petitions to represent employees of the Kodiak Police and Public Works Departments as separate collective bargaining units. Election tallies for those departments occurred last month, with both departments voting against Teamsters representation. 

The three departments will be barred from another attempt at unionization until next year, as Alaska statute prohibits elections within a bargaining unit “if a valid election has been held within the preceding 12 months.”

To date, the state has received no further petitions from unions seeking to represent other city departments. 


Snoderly can be reached at (907) 512-2624. Follow her on Twitter, @KDMjoann

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