FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
State Reaches Tentative Agreement with MMP
June 30, 2014, Juneau, AK – The State of Alaska’s Department of Administration has reached a tentative agreement with the Master, Mates and Pilots (MMP) union on a three-year contract covering the period of July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2017. Monetary terms for the agreement must be approved by the Alaska State Legislature and the contract must be ratified by the MMP union numbering around 100 members statewide.
“A lot of hard work from both sides of the table these last few months and up through this weekend resulted in a tentative agreement with MMP leadership that provides fair wage increases to their members along with reasonable cost containment for the state,” said Alaska Department of Administration Commissioner Curtis W. Thayer. “Given the current budget outlook the focus of the tentative agreements reached with the marine unions will help the Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) remain sustainable for communities that rely on the service while minimizing the subsidy from state coffers so that other essential state services can be maintained. We look forward to member ratification of this balanced and fair tentative agreement.”
MMP is the second of three State of Alaska marine unions to reach a tentative agreement with IBU reaching a tentative agreement earlier this month.
“The Masters, Mates and Pilots members who serve as Deck Officers aboard the vessels of the Alaska Marine Highway System provide a valuable service to the citizens of and visitors to Alaska. We have negotiated a Tentative Agreement with the State and will present it to our members for ratification, said Ron Bressette, MM&P Representative.”
The tentative agreement with MMP contains the following provisions:
- Maintains current cost of living at zero percent (0%) increase to the wage schedule effective July 1, 2014, adding a one percent (1%) increase effective July 1, 2015 and a two percent (2%) increase effective July 1, 2016.
- Members must now pay an annual fee of $100 to receive ferry pass privileges for the year.
- Supplemental agreements for the Fairweather and Chenega fast ferries have been converted to day boat agreements allowing for operational flexibility to supplement new day boat vessels.
For more information about labor contracts contact Division of Personnel and Labor Relations (DOPLR) Director, Kate Sheehan (firstname.lastname@example.org; 907-465-4403), or the union representing the bargaining unit. Members of public employee bargaining units with questions about their own contracts should contact their union representatives.