Senators Joe Thomas and Joe Paskvan Applaud Alyeska Local Hire Decision"Keeping Well-Qualified Fairbanksans Working on the Pipeline is in Everyone's Interest"
(FAIRBANKS) - Senator Joe Thomas (D-Fairbanks) and Senator Joe Paskvan (D-Fairbanks) attended the announcement at the Pipeline Training Facility this morning and applaud the compromise reached between Alyeska Pipeline officials and local workers that will keep several hundred well-paying resource development jobs in our community.
"I'm very pleased that local workers, Alyeska Pipeline and the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation were able to come together with a solution that will keep Fairbanksans working on the pipeline," said Senator Joe Thomas. "The economic impact of losing over 300 well-paying resource development jobs would have extended far beyond just the families who lost jobs."
Senator Paskvan added, "Our local economy needs growth, not reductions, in the workforce. This announcement is good news for everyone who cares about the future stability of our community. This is a five-year contract which will provide stable, good-paying jobs in Interior Alaska. I salute the cooperation between Alyeska, Houston Contracting, and the labor organizations."
Senator Thomas, Senator Pasvkan and other members of the Interior Delegation have closely monitored this situation over the past month in concert with the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce, Alyeska Pipeline, the Fairbanks Central Labor Council and other entities. The compromise announced today will result in salary concessions from local workers in exchange for a five-year extension of the contract for maintenance, operations, construction and other project work on the pipeline.
"Keeping well-qualified Fairbanksans working on the pipeline is in everyone's interest," added Senator Thomas. "I look forward to working with my colleagues in the legislature to grow our economy by putting more Alaskans to work developing our natural resources."
For more information, contact Senator Thomas or Joe Hardenbrook at 907-465-2327; and Senator Paskvan at 388-0938 or Jeff Stepp at 465-4747.
Posted: January 15, 2010
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