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Sun Nov 18, 2018, 02:17 AM

Walker's team 'strongly' resisted as Dunleavy transition asks all at-will Alaska state workers for

Walker’s team 'strongly’ resisted as Dunleavy transition asks all at-will Alaska state workers for resignations

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker on Saturday pushed back after Gov.-elect Mike Dunleavy’s transition team sent an email Friday to all at-will state employees, asking them to submit resignation letters and, if they choose, reapply for their jobs.

High-level political appointees typically change with governors. But the request went to a bigger group of state workers than occurred with previous incoming governors, according to Dunleavy’s transition team.

“Such a move is customary when a new administration takes over, but the governor-elect has broadened the scope of which employees have been asked to take this step,” said a statement emailed by Dunleavy communications director Sarah Erkmann Ward.

Expanding that scope to include all at-will state employees, rather than a smaller, more select group, “typically has not been done in the past,” she said in another email.

Read more: https://www.adn.com/politics/2018/11/18/governors-team-resisted-as-dunleavy-team-asks-all-at-will-alaska-state-workers-for-resignations/

If you were an at will employee, would you trust them to rehire you if you reapply for the position knowing that they could also deny unemployment compensation benefits because you voluntarily quit the job? I'm not an attorney, but isn't this scheme extortion?

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