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{{Stategov}}{{TOCnestright}}The '''Alaska Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development''' is a state executive position in the Alaska state government. The commissioner is principal executive officer of the Alaska Department of Labor, which enforces state labor laws, mediates disputes between employers and employees, and develops statistics concerning the Alaskan labor market.
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|State = Alaska
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|Office= Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development
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|Office type = Nonpartisan
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|Image =Seal of Alaska.jpg
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|Office website = http://labor.state.ak.us/
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|Budget = 6,968,000
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|Budget year = 2014
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|Term limits = None
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|Length of term = Serves at pleasure of the governor
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|Authority =Alaska Statutes, Title 44, Chapter 23, Section 50
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|Selected =Appointed by Governor Sean Parnell
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|Current officeholder =Dianne Blumer
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|Partisan =Nonpartisan
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|Officeholder image =Dianne Blumer.jpg
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|Assumed office =  May 17, 2012
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|Compensation = 135,000
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|Next election =
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|Last election=
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|Other offices =  [[Governor of Alaska|Governor]]•[[Lieutenant Governor of Alaska|Lieutenant Governor]]•[[Attorney General of Alaska|Attorney General]]•[[Alaska Comptroller|Comptroller]]•[[Alaska Commissioner of Education|Education Commissioner]]•[[Alaska Commissioner of the Department of Revenue|Revenue Commissioner]]•[[Alaska Director of Agriculture|Agriculture Director]]•[[Alaska Director of Insurance|Insurance Director]]•[[Alaska Commissioner of Natural Resources|Natural Resources Commissioner]]•[[Alaska Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development|Labor Commissioner]]•[[Alaska Regulatory Commission|Regulatory Commission]]}}{{TOCnestright}}The '''Alaska Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development''' is a state executive position in the Alaska state government. The commissioner is principal executive officer of the Alaska Department of Labor, which enforces state labor laws, mediates disputes between employers and employees, and develops statistics concerning the Alaskan labor market.<ref> [http://labor.state.ak.us/commish/ '' Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development,'' "Commissioner's office," accessed December 16, 2013] </ref>
  
 
==Current officeholder==
 
==Current officeholder==
The current commissioner of labor is Clark "Click" Bishop, originally appointed in January 2007 by [[Alaska Governor|Governor]] [[Sarah Palin]].  
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The current commissioner of labor is [[Dianne Blumer]]. As the labor commissioner serves at the pleasure of the governor, Blumer does not serve a fixed term.<ref>[http://www.touchngo.com/lglcntr/akstats/Statutes/Title39/Chapter05/Section030.htm ''Alaska Legal Resource Center'', "Alaska Statutes 39.05.030," accessed June 5, 2011.]</ref>
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==Authority==
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The authority of the commissioner of labor derives from statute, which states that he or she is the principal executive office of the Department of Labor and Workforce Development.<ref>[http://www.touchngo.com/lglcntr/akstats/Statutes/Title44/Chapter31/Section010.htm ''Alaska Legal Resource Center'', "Alaska Statutes 44.31.010," accessed June 6, 2010.]</ref>
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'''Alaska Statutes, Title 44, Chapter 31, Section 10'''
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| <i>The principal executive officer of the Department of Labor and Workforce Development is the commissioner of labor and workforce development.</i>
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==Qualifications==
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Like all principal executive officers in the Alaska government, the labor commissioner must "furnish corporate surety bonds in the instance and amount required by law," the cost of which is paid by the state. Otherwise, there are no special qualifications for the office of labor commissioner.<ref>[http://www.touchngo.com/lglcntr/akstats/Statutes/Title39/Chapter05/Section050.htm ''Alaska Legal Resource Center'', "Alaska Statutes 39.05.050," accessed June 1, 2011.]</ref>
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'''Alaska Statutes, Title 44, Chapter 23, Section 50'''
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| <i>The principal executive officer of each department and subordinate officials shall furnish corporate surety bonds in the instance and amount required by law or determined by the governor upon recommendation of the commissioner of administration. The state shall pay the cost of the bond. The attorney general shall approve the form of the bond.</i>
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==Appointments==
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[[File:Alaska exec org chart.png|200px|right|thumb|Alaska state government organizational chart]]
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The labor commissioner, like all Alaska executive department heads, is appointed by the governor and subject to confirmation by a majority of the members of the legislature.<ref>[http://www.touchngo.com/lglcntr/akstats/Statutes/Title39/Chapter05/Section020.htm ''Alaska Legal Resource Center'', "Alaska Statutes 39.05.020," accessed June 1, 2011.]</ref>
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'''Alaska Statutes, Title 39, Chapter 5, Section 20'''
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|color:#000"|
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|-
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| <i>The governor shall appoint the head of each principal executive department in the state government. Each appointment is subject to confirmation by a majority of the members of the legislature in joint session.</i>
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|-
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|}
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===Term limits===
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There are no term limits for the office of labor commissioner. The officeholder serves at the pleasure of the governor.
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==Vacancies==
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Alaska law does not fix any particular procedure for dealing with vacancies. It is the governor's responsibility to appoint a new labor commissioner, subject to approval from the legislature.
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==Duties==
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The commissioner is "responsible for the overall management of the department's programs and resources; serves as liaison with other state, federal, and local government agencies, and the legislature; and acts on unemployment insurance appeals."<ref>[http://labor.alaska.gov/commish/home.htm ''Alaska Department of Labor & Workforce Development'', "Office of the Commissioner," accessed June 6, 2011.]</ref> The commissioner's office also provides admin support to the Occupational Safety and Health Review Board, which decides appeals of penalties issued by the Labor Department to employers that violate health and safety regulations.
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The Department of Labor as a whole has the following duties:<ref>[http://www.touchngo.com/lglcntr/akstats/Statutes/Title44/Chapter31/Section020.htm ''Alaska Legal Resource Center'', "Alaska Statutes 44.31.020," accessed June 6, 2011.]</ref>
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*Enforce the laws and adopt regulations under them concerning employer-employee relationships
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*Accumulate, analyze, and report labor statistics
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*Operate systems of workers' compensation and unemployment insurance
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*Gather data reflecting the cost of living in the various election districts of the state
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*Operate the federally funded employment and training programs under the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (adult basic education)
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==Divisions==
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The Department of Labor & Workforce Development contains several divisions:<ref>[http://omb.alaska.gov/html/budget-report/department-table.html?dept=Labor&fy=12&type=Proposed ''Alaska Office of Management and Budget'', "Department of Labor -- FY 2012 Proposed Budget," accessed June 6, 2011.]</ref>
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*Office of the Commissioner
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*Administrative Services
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*Workers' Compensation
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*Labor Standards and Safety
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*Employment Security
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*Business Partnerships
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*Vocational Rehabilitation
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*Alaska Vocational Technical Center
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==State budget==
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The budget for the Department of Labor and Workforce Development in Fiscal Year 2014 is $6,968,000.<ref>[http://omb.alaska.gov/ombfiles/14_budget/PDFs/4_Press_Packet.pdf ''Alaska Office of Management and Budget,'' "FY 2014 Operating Budget,"  May 21, 2013] </ref>
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==Compensation==
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::''See also: [[Compensation of state executive officers]]''
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In 2012, the Alaska Commissioner of Labor was paid an estimated [[Compensation of state executive officers|$135,000]]. This figure comes from the [[Council of State Governments]].
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The commissioner's salary is bound to a range determined by statute; it must be no less than Range 28 of the Alaska executive branch employee salary schedule nor more than Range 30.<ref>[http://www.touchngo.com/lglcntr/akstats/Statutes/Title39/Chapter20/Section080.htm ''Alaska Legal Resource Center'', "Alaska Statutes 39.20.080, accessed June 1, 2011.]</ref>
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==Historical officeholders==
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There have been 16 Alaska Commissioners of Labor and Workforce Development since 1959.<ref>[http://library.alaska.gov/hist/hist_docs/docs/asl_JK9530.A492_VF.pdf ''Alaska State Library, Historical Collections,''Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development List of commissioners and deputy commissioners
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1959 – Present," accessed July 27, 2013]</ref>
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{| class="wikitable collapsible collapsed" width="500px" style="text-align:center;"
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|-
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! colspan="6" style="background-color:#008000; color: white;" |List of Former Officeholders from 1959-Present
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! Name
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! Tenure
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| 1||Lewis M. Dischner||1959-1960
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|-
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| 2||Bjorn "Gil" Johnson||1960-1966
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|-
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| 3||Thomas J. Moore||1967-1970
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|-
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| 4||Henry A. Benson||1970-1972
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|-
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| 5||Robert A. Smith||1972-1974
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|-
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| 6||Edmund Orbeck||1975-1982
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| 7||Jim Robison||1982-1987
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| 8||Jim Sampson||1987-1991
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| 9||Nancy Bear Usera||1991-1992
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|-
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| 10||Charles Mahlen||1992-1995
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| 11||Tom Cashen||1995-1998
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| 12||Ed Flannagan||1999-2002
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| 13||Greg O'Claray||2003-2007
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| 14||[[Click Bishop]]||2007-2012
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| 15||[[David G. Stone]]||2012
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| 16||[[Dianne Blumer]]||2012-
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|}
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==Recent news==
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This section displays the most recent stories in a google news search for the term '''Alaska + Labor + Commissioner + Blumer'''
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==Contact info==
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'''Mailing address:'''<br>
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PO Box 111149<br>
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Juneau, AK 99811<br>
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'''Phone:''' (907) 465-2700<br>
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'''Fax:''' (907) 465-2784
  
 
==See also==
 
==See also==
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* [http://labor.state.ak.us/ Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development]
 
* [http://labor.state.ak.us/ Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development]
  
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==References==
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Revision as of 12:42, 26 December 2013

Alaska Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development
General information
Office Type:  Non-partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2014 FY Budget:  $6,968,000
Term limits:  None
Structure
Length of term:   Serves at pleasure of the governor
Authority:  Alaska Statutes, Title 44, Chapter 23, Section 50
Selection Method:  Appointed by Governor Sean Parnell
Current Officeholder

Dianne Blumer.jpg
Name:  Dianne Blumer
Officeholder Party:  Nonpartisan
Assumed office:  May 17, 2012
Compensation:  $135,000
Other Alaska Executive Offices
GovernorLieutenant GovernorAttorney GeneralComptrollerEducation CommissionerRevenue CommissionerAgriculture DirectorInsurance DirectorNatural Resources CommissionerLabor CommissionerRegulatory Commission
The Alaska Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development is a state executive position in the Alaska state government. The commissioner is principal executive officer of the Alaska Department of Labor, which enforces state labor laws, mediates disputes between employers and employees, and develops statistics concerning the Alaskan labor market.[1]

Current officeholder

The current commissioner of labor is Dianne Blumer. As the labor commissioner serves at the pleasure of the governor, Blumer does not serve a fixed term.[2]

Authority

The authority of the commissioner of labor derives from statute, which states that he or she is the principal executive office of the Department of Labor and Workforce Development.[3]

Alaska Statutes, Title 44, Chapter 31, Section 10

The principal executive officer of the Department of Labor and Workforce Development is the commissioner of labor and workforce development.

Qualifications

Like all principal executive officers in the Alaska government, the labor commissioner must "furnish corporate surety bonds in the instance and amount required by law," the cost of which is paid by the state. Otherwise, there are no special qualifications for the office of labor commissioner.[4]

Alaska Statutes, Title 44, Chapter 23, Section 50

The principal executive officer of each department and subordinate officials shall furnish corporate surety bonds in the instance and amount required by law or determined by the governor upon recommendation of the commissioner of administration. The state shall pay the cost of the bond. The attorney general shall approve the form of the bond.

Appointments

Alaska state government organizational chart

The labor commissioner, like all Alaska executive department heads, is appointed by the governor and subject to confirmation by a majority of the members of the legislature.[5]

Alaska Statutes, Title 39, Chapter 5, Section 20

The governor shall appoint the head of each principal executive department in the state government. Each appointment is subject to confirmation by a majority of the members of the legislature in joint session.

Term limits

There are no term limits for the office of labor commissioner. The officeholder serves at the pleasure of the governor.

Vacancies

Alaska law does not fix any particular procedure for dealing with vacancies. It is the governor's responsibility to appoint a new labor commissioner, subject to approval from the legislature.

Duties

The commissioner is "responsible for the overall management of the department's programs and resources; serves as liaison with other state, federal, and local government agencies, and the legislature; and acts on unemployment insurance appeals."[6] The commissioner's office also provides admin support to the Occupational Safety and Health Review Board, which decides appeals of penalties issued by the Labor Department to employers that violate health and safety regulations.

The Department of Labor as a whole has the following duties:[7]

  • Enforce the laws and adopt regulations under them concerning employer-employee relationships
  • Accumulate, analyze, and report labor statistics
  • Operate systems of workers' compensation and unemployment insurance
  • Gather data reflecting the cost of living in the various election districts of the state
  • Operate the federally funded employment and training programs under the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (adult basic education)

Divisions

The Department of Labor & Workforce Development contains several divisions:[8]

  • Office of the Commissioner
  • Administrative Services
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Labor Standards and Safety
  • Employment Security
  • Business Partnerships
  • Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Alaska Vocational Technical Center

State budget

The budget for the Department of Labor and Workforce Development in Fiscal Year 2014 is $6,968,000.[9]

Compensation

See also: Compensation of state executive officers

In 2012, the Alaska Commissioner of Labor was paid an estimated $135,000. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.

The commissioner's salary is bound to a range determined by statute; it must be no less than Range 28 of the Alaska executive branch employee salary schedule nor more than Range 30.[10]

Historical officeholders

There have been 16 Alaska Commissioners of Labor and Workforce Development since 1959.[11]

Recent news

This section displays the most recent stories in a google news search for the term Alaska + Labor + Commissioner + Blumer

All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.

Alaska Commissioner of Labor News Feed

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Contact info

Alaska

Mailing address:
PO Box 111149
Juneau, AK 99811
Phone: (907) 465-2700
Fax: (907) 465-2784

See also

External links

References