Administration Reaches Tentative Agreement With IBU;
All Three Ferry System Unions Now on Board with Labor Agreements
July 16, 2004
"We are pleased and proud to have reached this agreement with IBU," said Murkowski. "The agreement is good for our valued employees, good for the people of the state of Alaska, and good for the customers of the Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS). I want to thank our state negotiating team and the members of the IBU bargaining team for their diligent efforts toward reaching resolution."
The contracts will enable increased operating efficiencies for the AMHS and will provide more options for service in the outports of Kake, Angoon, Tenakee Springs, Hoonah and Pelican. It will also enable AMHS management to tailor staffing levels more closely to passenger loads and will reduce employee relief and replacement costs. Under the agreement, IBU employees will enjoy a more stable work schedule.
All three marine unions representing AMHS employees -- the Marine Engineers' Beneficial Association, the Masters Mates and Pilots Union and IBU -- have now reached tentative agreements with the state.
"Reaching agreements with all three marine unions is a significant accomplishment," Murkowski said. "We can now move forward together in serving our communities and our customers."
The IBU agreement, which expires June 30, 2007, requires ratification by the membership and approval by the Alaska State Legislature.
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