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Department of Administration Press Release

No.14-15

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

State Reaches Tentative Agreement with MEBA

July 1, 2014, Juneau, AK – The State of Alaska’s Department of Administration has reached a tentative agreement with the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association (MEBA) union today 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 MEBA union numbering around 110 members statewide.  

“We are pleased to reach a tentative agreement with the third and final remaining marine union, MEBA, with equitable terms that are in alignment with the IBU and MMP tentative agreements,” said Alaska Department of Administration Commissioner Curtis W. Thayer.  “Significant hours at the negotiating table have led to reasonable terms for the union employees and the state alike while leaving ferry service to Alaskans uninterrupted.”
    
“MEBA members proudly serve the traveling public as the Licensed Engineering Officers onboard the vessels of the Alaska Marine Highway System.  We have a tentative agreement with the State of Alaska and will present the terms to our members for a ratification vote as quickly as possible,” said MEBA Representative Ben Goldrich.

The tentative agreement with MEBA 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 (kate.sheehan@alaska.gov; 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.

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