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IBU Contract Not Ratified


June 30, 2008

Juneau, Alaska - A tentative agreement (TA) on a three-year contract covering the period of July 1, 2008 through June 30, 2011 was not ratified in the Friday, June 27th vote. Although the contract wasn't ratified, the Inlandboatmen's Union of the Pacific (IBU) and State of Alaska negotiators plan to meet again soon to see what adjustments can be made to the proposals in the hopes of reaching agreement.

Commissioner Annette Kreitzer said, "I am hopeful that we will be able to reach a compromise that will satisfy both parties. We are committed to a long-term vision for improving working conditions for State workers.

Nancy Sutch, Chief Spokesman for the State said, "We will be meeting in the near future to take a look at the contract terms and attempt to work out the differences. I am confident that we can come to an agreement."

The TA contained the following provisions:

  • 3% increase over the July 1, 2006 salary schedule, effective July 1, 2008; a 3% salary increase effective July 1, 2009 and July 1, 2010;
  • An increase of $16 per eligible member, per month for the Employer health care contribution effective July 1, 2008;
  • An increase in cash allowance for quarters from $70 to $95 per day between May 16 and September 15 and an increase from $60 to $85 per day between September 16 and May 15;
  • An IBU Training Committee annual budget of $100,000 to provide training to members;
  • Conversion from a sick leave system to a personal leave system.


Related Comments:

letter IBU TA contract proposal By Robert Rice - Governor's office: "We are committed to a long term vision for improving working conditions for state workers" Annette Kreitzer, commissioner. What a totally one sided, self serving press release. I guess you believe that omissions that present a totally slanted view is not just a rationalization for lying. These one sided half truth-lies are exactly why most people in this country consider our government to be completely untrustworthy. - More...
Monday - July 07, 2008

letter IBU members not the bad guys By Diane Charrier - Instead of making it sound like the IBU members are the bad guys by all the things they (the state) wanted to give us, maybe you should of dug deeper to report all the things the state was trying to take away from us. - More...
Wednesday - July 02, 2008

letter IBU Contract Not Ratified: One sided By Ronald C. Currit - Your article titled IBU Contract Not Ratified seems to be only one sided, it only says what was offered BUT it does not say what was being changed or taken away. - More...
Wednesday - July 02, 2008


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State of Alaska - Department of Administration


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