April 16, 2004
Local 71 represents approximately 1,500 state employees in the Labor, Trades, and Crafts bargaining unit. These employees are responsible for maintaining and operating state facilities, roads, docks, and airports.
Acting Administration Commissioner Ray Matiashowski said, "The employees represented by Local 71 provide some of the state's most vital services. We are pleased that we could reach an agreement that met their needs and that recognized the state's fiscal situation. We look forward to two and a half years of a continuing stable and productive relationship with Local 71."
Deputy Commissioner Kevin Jardell said, "The Local 71 agreement, while complex, is one of the most settled and stable agreements covering state employees. Since it really didn't need much tweaking, we were able to focus on maintaining health insurance coverage and developing a mutually acceptable economic package."
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