Babcock & Governor’s Recent Firings Exposing State To Costly Lawsuits?

It’s never good to say you know the law when you don’t. New Chief of Staff Tuckerman Babcock got it wrong in stating publicly that it was OK to ask for thousands of resignations, in effect, so he could make sure employees would be “loyal” to the new Governor’s “political agenda” (paraphrase quotes). At least morally, and possibly legally, in my view. He was recklessly wrong when he proclaimed that the folks he was targeting – “at will” employees” – had no legal rights. They actually do.

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NEWS: 2018 Laptops for Foster Youth Holiday Drive Underway

Anchorage – Today, Representative Les Gara (D-Anchorage) and Amanda Metivier, a founder of Facing Foster Care in Alaska, are launching a holiday drive to collect laptops for foster youth in Alaska. Since the start of the Laptops for Foster Youth program, over 1,000 foster youth and recent foster care alumni have received laptop computers to use for school, college, job training, and to stay in touch with important people in their lives. Rep. Gara and Metivier, who are both former foster youth, jointly started the Laptops for Foster Youth program in 2010 to help youth through community volunteerism without state funding or the passage of legislation

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Employee Resignation Request Wrong, Offensive, Likely Unconstitutional (But I’d recommend Employees Protect Their Careers By Re-Applying)

I, like many of you, was unhappy to hear of the memo from the Governor-Elect’s Chief of Staff asking for hundreds of resignations of employees who are not political appointees, and whose personal politics are irrelevant to their work. I’ve posted about this, and want you to know how serious I consider the new Chief of Staff’s “straight out of the chute” offensive “misstep.” Elections aren’t war, where all the spoils go to the…

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Press Release: Rep. Gara Honored in D.C. for Work to Help Alaska’s Foster Youth

Anchorage – Representative Les Gara (D-Anchorage) will be honored Tuesday in Washington D.C. by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for a legislative career working on behalf of Alaska’s foster youth. Rep. Gara was nominated for a 2018 Adoption Excellence Award by long-time Alaska foster youth advocate Amanda Metivier, who founded the foster youth advocacy and support organization, Facing Foster Care in Alaska.

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Rep. Gara to be Honored Tuesday for Work to Help Alaska’s Foster Youth

Anchorage – Representative Les Gara (D-Anchorage) will be honored Tuesday in Washington D.C. by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for a legislative career working on behalf of Alaska’s foster youth. Rep. Gara was nominated for a 2018 Adoption Excellence Award by long-time Alaska foster youth advocate Amanda Metivier, who founded the foster youth advocacy and support organization, Facing Foster Care in Alaska.

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