JUNEAU - A union representing the licensed captains and officers who work on the Alaska Marine Highway System has rejected a tentative contract agreement - and has not ruled out a possible strike.
Sam Lagerquist won Saturday's Beat the Odds 5K run/2-mile walk, a woman's race against breast cancer and the men's prostate cancer 5K run along the Kaxdigoowu Heen Dei (Mendenhall River Trail).
Stringent safety training requirements and the grounding of the state ferry LeConte have delayed the Juneau launch of the state's new fast ferry Fairweather by about a week, according to the Alaska Marine Highway System.
The state's plan to privatize contracts for supplies, services and construction in some agencies may get scaled down, following complaints from unions and the discovery that it would result in a loss of millions in federal transportation dollars. The privatization plan was established by the Alaska Legislature this year under House Bill 313 by Anchorage Republican Rep. Lesil McGuire.
State and union negotiators agreed to a labor contract for Fairweather employees shortly before midnight Monday and the fast ferry will resume operations in Lynn Canal by March 24, state officials said Tuesday.
Gov. Sean Parnell has reappointed three people, including a Juneau man, to three-year terms on the Marine Transportation Advisory Board.
Members of a ferry workers union would get much bigger raises than other state workers under a tentative labor agreement with the state, but they also must be willing to let nonunion contractors take over service for several villages.
The membership of the Marine Engineers' Beneficial Association, which represents some 80 maritime state workers, has ratified a three-year contract by a vote of 80-20.
Former Juneau resident Rudy Keith Lee, 55, died Oct. 14, 2004, outside of Ruidoso, N.M., in a motorcycle accident.
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