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 MUNICIPALITY OF ANCHORAGE AND AMEA REACH AGREEMENT 

  

11/12/2013
Mayor's Office

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Lindsey Whitt
Phone: 907-343-7103
Cell: 907-433-9543
E-mail: whittla@muni.org

MUNICIPALITY OF ANCHORAGE AND AMEA REACH AGREEMENT

The Anchorage Municipal Employee Association (AMEA) and the Municipality of Anchorage are pleased to announce that AMEA members yesterday approved a Letter of Agreement regarding health benefits, wages and other contract terms. The Letter has been submitted to the Assembly and will be on the agenda for consideration on Tuesday, November 19th. Letters of Agreement change certain terms of a union’s contract, without affecting the balance of the terms.

The Letter of Agreement before the Assembly agrees to four significant issues: wages, health benefits, incentive programs and the term of the contract. Wages for AMEA members will increase 1.5% in January 2014, and again in January 2015. Members will participate in the standard Municipal benefits programs which has been standardized and simplified for 2014. The Performance Incentive Program (PIP) will be grandfathered for current employees, but eliminated for future employees effective January 2014. Additionally, the contract currently under negotiation will be for a two year term.

"In approving the Letter of Agreement, our members have spoken," said AMEA President Mark McKee. "I do not want to characterize the Agreement. It speaks for itself. What I do believe is that our members are acutely aware of the Municipality’s current political environment. In our view, the outcome of the ratification vote reflects that awareness." McKee concluded, "AMEA will continue to bargain in good faith and our Membership will continue to provide excellent service to the public and out internal Municipal customers."

"We are pleased with the collaborative process that resulted in these terms. Both the Municipality and AMEA employees benefit from this agreement. We are particularly pleased that AMEA will be joining our newly amended benefit program. This program continues to provide employees with comprehensive health benefits while saving the Municipality substantial administrative costs," Mayor Sullivan commented.

AMEA’s current contract expires December 31, 2013 and negotiations for a successor agreement are underway.

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