At a Friday meeting of a new Assembly subcommittee on labor issues, Johnston unveiled a proposal that would repeal the labor law, known as AO-37, and replace it with a watered-down substitute that includes some, but not all, of the original changes.

Johnston's version removes prohibitions on striking, provisions that allowed the city to outsource union work, and language that eliminated binding arbitration. Gerard Asselin, the president of the Anchorage Coalition of Municipal Unions, called Johnston's proposal "AO-37 lite."

"This is trying to hit something down the middle," Johnston said in a phone interview Friday. "I'm hoping that I get a consensus from the mayor, consensus from the Assembly members, and somewhat of a consensus from the unions. Not all of us will like all of it."
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