State, ferry unions reach tentative agreement

JUNEAU (AP) — A state official says a tentative three-year agreement has been reached with the last of the unions representing Alaska Marine Highway System workers.

Department of Administration Commissioner Curtis Thayer said the state and Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association planned to go over details Tuesday.

Earlier Monday, the state announced a tentative agreement with the Masters, Mates and Pilots union.

The announcements come two weeks after a tentative agreement was announced with the Inlandboatmen’s Union of the Pacific, the largest union representing state ferry workers. It also came as the current contracts were set to expire.

The proposals must be approved by the Legislature and union members.

Thayer says terms for all three unions include a 1-percent pay raise starting July 1, 2015, and a 2-percent increase the
following year.