Laboring for a Future

Jim Sampson
During the summers, when the show is on hiatus, I have the privilege of talking with folks in our community who have made a difference. This year the series of conversations hosted by UAF’s Summer Sessions was called Tall Timbers. My guest tonight fits that title in several ways. First he’s tall. Also, Jim Sampson has enjoyed a long career representing union workers, and serving the state as Alaska’s Labor Commissioner under Governor Steve Cowper. He also helmed the Fairbanks North Star Borough as Mayor. After that he spearheaded a pipeline training center that invited workers across the state to train for jobs in the oil industry. And along the way he also served as a Permanent Fund Trustee.

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