Public Employees Local 71
Bargaining Agreement Signed
April 14, 2007
The State Division of Personnel and Labor Relations on Friday
announced a newly signed two-year collective bargaining agreement
with Public Employees Local 71, representing the Labor, Trades
and Crafts (LTC) Unit. "We appreciate that the Governor
recognizes the blue collar workers of Alaska," says Jim
Ashton, Business Manager of Local 71. The agreement covers the
period from January 1, 2007 through December 31, 2008.
Local 71 represents 1,700 state employees from Ketchikan to Kotzebue
covering 24 unique job classifications. "These are folks
who maintain our roads and airports, and keep our Pioneer Homes
comfortable for our senior citizens," comments Ashton. "We
maintain public facilities, ferry terminals and support the State's
"We appreciate Local 71 showing leadership and moving forward
to work with this Administration," said Governor Sarah Palin.
"It's rewarding to see the efforts of both sides working
collectively to recognize the hard work of our employees who
are providing the direct services for Alaskans."
Dianne Kiesel, Director of Personnel and Labor Relations, remarked
positively about her experience as Chief Negotiator with LTC
for this agreement. "We appreciate the LTC team recognizing
the benefit for both parties in reaching a timely agreement."
Ashton noted as well, "The style and professionalism of
the Governor's negotiating staff and the willingness to listen
to the needs of our dedicated members made it possible to come
to these terms."
Kiesel outlined the major points of the agreement with LTC:
- Salaries will increase by
five percent effective July 1, 2007, and by an additional two
percent July 1, 2008;
- The State agreed to meet and
review the wage increases and health contributions for fiscal
year 2009, and;
- The Union and the State have
also partnered to develop an apprenticeship program that will
help groom future State workers.
Ashton comments specifically
about the apprenticeship program, "This helps develop career
paths for the next generation of state workers in many blue collar
trades." He adds, "We are pleased that this administration
places high value in investing in Alaska's future workforce."
Kiesel notes, "We feel the changes made to this collective
bargaining unit were positive for both parties."
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