Our union has voted to strike if an agreement cannot be reached this summer.
Our membership is fed up with a lack of contract for such an extended period of time when it seems that other districts in the state, facing very similar challenges, have managed to figure it out.
Did you know?
- The bargaining team has asked for a salary increase below inflation in order to address the healthcare concern that the district is refusing to budge on.
- Other districts across Alaska have settled 3 year contracts including more than our requested salary increases.
- The increasing cost of healthcare has been larger than any pay increase that I have seen in two years, meaning I am working the same job for less.
- With the Personalized Learning initiative I am required to do more for less pay.
- The district’s proportion of the healthcare costs is shifting to the employees and we can’t afford to pay more. Other districts are able to provide a similar benefit for less cost.
- During the emergency open enrollment we took on increased risk with higher deductibles saving the district $1.2 million. Rather than using that money to settle a contract the school board voted to take it away from employees (after they agreed to spend it on employee benefits)!
- The bargaining team is willing to accept higher deductibles IF the savings reduce the premium cost.
- The district team wants to appear like they are bargaining but is not making an offer at the table.
What do I do?
Contact your board members!
Let's let the school board know how important a contract is to us! Call your school board member(s) - any and all! - between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Friday, June 28.
Penny Vadla - 262-7249
Zen Kelly - 235-9700
Dan Castimore - 398-3609
Mike Illg - 299-6425
Greg Madden - 420-4120
Debbie Cary - 398-8308
Lynn Hohl - 224-7300
Matt Morse - 907-252-0573
Jason Tauriainen - 398-1024
Tell them to take the negotiations seriously, put a sustainable offer on the table, and finish this negotiation. We want to start the school year with a strong contract that provides our families with sustainable healthcare so we can focus on our students this fall.