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Department of Administration Press Release



State Reaches Tentative Agreement with AVTECTA

March 19, 2014, Juneau, AK – The State of Alaska’s Department of Administration has reached a tentative agreement with the Alaska Vocational Technical Center Teachers’ Association (AVTECTA) 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 AVTECTA union membership.

“The State is pleased to reach a tentative agreement that strikes the balance between fiscal restraint, reducing long-term liabilities and supporting our vocational educators in Seward,” said Commissioner Curtis W. Thayer.  “The tentative agreements reached with PSEA and AVTECTA leave only the marine units representing the AMHS ferry system to bargain terms that acknowledge our current budget climate while providing a sustainable salary schedule for their members.” 

The statutory deadline to transmit monetary terms to the Alaska Legislature is the 60th day of session - March 21, 2014.

The tentative agreements contain the following provisions:

  • A one percent (1%) increase to the wage schedule effective July 1, 2014, another one percent (1%) increase effective July 1, 2015 and a one percent (1%) increase effective July 1, 2016.
  • Personal leave accrual rates for all new employees hired on or after July 1, 2014 reduced to 4.69 hours per pay period (112.5 hours annually).
  • Effective July 1, 2014, the Employer’s health insurance contribution rate will be $1,371 per eligible employee per month after which the employer contribution shall be the amount necessary to maintain coverage under the Select Benefits Default Plan (Economy Plan).

For more information about labor contracts, contact Kate Sheehan, Labor Relations Manager, or the union representing the bargaining unit.  Members of public employee bargaining units with questions about their own contracts should contact their union representatives.


For more information: Kate Sheehan, Labor Relations Manager, 907-465-4403