FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ASEA-GGU, APEA-SU and APEA-CEA Reach Tentative Agreements with State
March 15, 2013, Juneau, AK – The State of Alaska’s Department of Administration has reached tentative agreements with the Alaska State Employees Association – General Government Unit (GGU), the Alaska Public Employees Association – Supervisory Unit (SU) and the Confidential Employees Association (CEA) on three-year contracts covering the period of July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2016 for each union. Monetary terms for the agreements must be approved by the Alaska State Legislature and the contracts must be ratified by union membership.
“The state’s responsibility in this contract cycle was to negotiate labor contracts that promote the hiring and retention of quality state employees while reducing legacy costs to more sustainable levels,” said Commissioner Becky Hultberg. “By capping and reducing leave accrual, reducing the amount of automatic pay increases over the long-term and negotiating reasonable cost of living increases, the tentative agreements reached with GGU, SU and CEA accomplish this balance.”
“We acknowledge the reality of current budget constraints and have worked with the state to reach a balanced agreement that addresses long-term budget concerns while supporting the professionals who work in public service,” said SU bargaining lead, Pete Ford. Ford then added “reasonable cost of living increases, concessions on leave accrual and a leave cap show a good-faith-effort to respond to budget concerns while providing a fair agreement for our members.”
The tentative agreements contain the following provisions:
For more information about labor contracts, contact Nicki Neal, Director of Personnel and Labor Relations, 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: Nicki Neal, Director of Personnel and Labor Relations, 907-465-4429