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State Reaches Tentative Labor Agreement with Labor, Trades and Crafts Unit

(Juneau, AK) – The State of Alaska’s Department of Administration has reached a tentative agreement on a three-year contract with Public Employees Local 71 on behalf of the Labor, Trades and Crafts unit covering the period of July 1, 2009 through June 30, 2012.  The agreement now goes to the membership for ratification.

The tentative agreement contains the following provisions:

· A lump sum payment for bargaining unit members ranging from $903 to $2,066, depending on the wage grade of the employee.  Bargaining unit members who are seasonal or part time employees will have the lump sum payment reduced by 50%. 

· Effective July 1, 2010, a conversion to a new wage schedule similar to that of the majority of State employees.

· Effective July 1, 2011, a 2.5% increase to the new wage schedule. 

· Health benefits increase to $1,088 per member per month. 

“The bargaining teams spent many hours in productive discussions in order to identify mutually agreeable solutions to important issues, especially the conversion to a new wage schedule.  This tentative agreement represents the results of that hard work by both sides,” said Annette Kreitzer, Commissioner of the Department of Administration.

For more information about labor contracts, contact Nicki Neal, Director of Personnel and Labor Relations, or the union representing the bargaining unit.  Members of public employee bargaining units with questions about their own contracts should contact their union representatives.

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