Dunleavy administration seeks $500,000 contract for outside law firm to help with union lawsuits

Gov. Mike Dunleavy and Attorney General Kevin Clarkson discuss the governor’s proposed budget and Permanent Fund Dividend related constitutional amendments with reporters at a press conference held at the Capitol, Jan. 30, 2019.

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy and Attorney General Kevin Clarkson in January. The Department of Law, which Clarkson oversees, is seeking an outside law firm to assist the state in its effort to end automatic deduction of union dues. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)

Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s administration is looking to spend between $500,000 and $600,000 on an outside law firm to assist the state in its effort to end automatic deduction of union dues.

The state posted a request for proposals for a law firm that has experience arguing cases in front of the U.S. Supreme Court.

The contract would replace one the state has with a Virginia-based firm, Consovoy McCarthy. The state hired the firm on Aug. 2, six weeks before the government sued to immediately stop the automatic dues deductions. The Alaska State Employees Association has filed a countersuit.

The state wants to be the first in the country to limit automatic deductions of union dues.

Anchorage Superior Court Judge Gregory Miller issued a preliminary injunction on Tuesday, blocking the state from stopping the dues deductions.

Alaska attorney general sues to limit union dues

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