IBU members not the bad guys
By Diane Charrier
July 02, 2008
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.
As far as the 3, 3 and 3 percent, that is a joke! The cost of
living in the last 6 months has far exceeded that already. The
$16.00 for health care is a joke too; the increase in our health
care has already exceeded that so we have to pay more out of
The per diem increase is something we didn't even ask for. Someone
told me that is a state wide increase for everyone. One issue
in the TA was to bring in non-union people to work in the yards
instead of union people like it has always been, that increase
wouldn't be doing us any good anyway. Big strike issue here on
losing our jobs.
Sure the state has offered to pitch in some money for training,
but once it is gone it is gone. Part of the deal was to take
6 hours out of each members vacation leave a year to cover training
costs. We already have 4 hours taken out for union business.
The conversion from sick leave to personal leave is a big strike
issue. They want to totally take away our sick leave, with no
hours added to our vacation leave. When we are sick we don't
just miss a few days like people that work on the beach, we have
to take the whole week or in the case of the Kennicott 2 weeks
In closing our members are not willing to go backwards especially
when this state is seeing such an unbelievable surplus of money.
Palin seems to think she is going to break our union, but I think
you will have to agree that with the strong 92% vote to turn
down the TA that is not going to happen. And if it comes to pass
that IBU members will have to strike just keep what we have with
a decent cost of living raise then no one should blame us but
I am sure we will end up being the bad guys, but maybe not if
the facts are presented to the public. The blame should really
be on the present administration for their lack of trying to
ratify a fair contract.
Received July 02, 2008 - Published
July 02, 2008, 2008
IBU Contract Not Ratified - 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. - More...
Monday - June 30, 2008
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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