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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 communications."

"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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