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Department of Administration Press Release



ACOA Reaches Agreement with the State of Alaska

The Alaska Correctional Officers Association (ACOA) has reached an agreement with the State of Alaska for the 2015-2018 collective bargaining agreement.  “Alaska’s correctional officers deserve to be appropriately compensated for their work,” said Alaska Department of Administration Commissioner Curtis Thayer.  “This agreement allows our Corrections Officers to focus on the daily challenges that come with working in a prison.”

The ACOA views the agreement as a positive move. Brad Wilson, ACOA Business Manager, thanked the Parnell Administration for its efforts in negotiating a fair deal. “Commissioner Thayer and his staff maintained a clear, fair-minded approach throughout our negotiations,” said Wilson. “I’m looking forward to sharing the news with our members.”

The collective bargaining agreement includes the following provisions:

  • COLA increases will be one percent (1%) per year in 2015 and 2016. In 2017, the COLA will increase 2.25%. 
  • Grievances related to shift scheduling, meal breaks and holiday pay are resolved or withdrawn.
  • $3 million one-time payment to resolve 12-hour shift scheduling grievances.
  • Personal leave accrual cap at 1,500 hours, a change from no cap.
  • Increase in mandatory use of leave.

The ACOA is a labor organization representing approximately 940 correctional officers staffing correctional institutions throughout Alaska.

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.