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Department of Administration Press Release



State of Alaska Signs LOA with MMP to Continue Negotiations

August 27, 2014, Juneau, AK – The state and Masters, Mates and Pilots (MMP) have entered into a Letter of Agreement (LOA) that extends the expired contract as well as cares for negotiations on a new three-year contract covering July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2017.

"We welcomed the news that MMP has offered an LOA to keep the conversation open and we look forward to meeting with MMP on concerns their members have over the terms negotiated in our current tentative agreement," stated Alaska Department of Administration Commissioner Curtis W. Thayer. 

This LOA extends the negotiation period, avoiding the risk of a strike by MMP members that would disrupt service to Alaskans that rely on the Alaska Marine Highway System.

For more information about labor contracts contact Division of Personnel and Labor Relations (DOPLR) Director, Kate Sheehan (; 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.