Regional Directors Report

Greetings Brothers and Sisters,

As you may have heard, our dues increase ballot sent out failed. This is concerning for your Union because of the financial status we are in. IBU operates at a negative budget, at current costs we will be broke in less than two years. As the AMHS lays vessels up or sells them and reduces fleet size, our membership naturally declines. With the terrible news that Alyeska will not award Crowley Valdez the extension for contracted services, our membership regresses even more. Our Alaska membership cast a total of 161 votes. We are still struggling with a way to get our membership to take more interest, especially the voting aspect. Any ideas would be appreciated!

Our E-Board met in Ketchikan March 8-10. We chose to hold our E-Board meeting in Ketchikan with the hopes more members would attend the general membership meeting. We had a few turn up or call, not the numbers we had expected, a step in the right direction at least.

Victory for Unions! Following the passing of Antonin Scalia a national ‘Right to Work’ effort was thwarted. Had it passed the implications for the IBU would have been devastating.

Remember to think of a name change you may like and submit to our Juneau office before November 2016. We have had very few submissions to date.

Please remember to CC myself, Pete and Karena on emails, often times at least one of us it out of office. To ensure your requests or issues get attended to please CC us.

Our ANS contract is gearing up for a busy summer season. Not as quite as busy as past years. There have been a couple minor issues as ANS gets ready for seasonal manning and returning employees laid off for the slow winter season. Our shop steward is still on the ball up there in Valdez and doing a great job.

Crowley Marine Services will not be providing oil spill prevention and response services in Valdez and Prince William Sound when its contract expires June 30, 2018. Crowley has provided marine services in Prince William Sound since 1990. This is a devastating blow not only to our Union, especially Alaska Region, but a superb company. Both MM&P and IBU have requested to meet with Crowley concerning the contract loss and future plans. The July 18 2018 date allows for plenty of time to weigh options, but the process has already begun. Over the next 2 + years we know our members will continue the great professionalism and safety record that has been demonstrated over the years. IBU Union officers will be in Valdez to meet with members in May.

Sundance Stevedoring, Ketchikan Gateway Borough and City of Unalaska all are pleased with no issues.

AMHS. With the State of Alaska’s implementation of their interpretation of the Actor Decision it has become confusing for IBU members to know when they will have health insurance in any given month. The IBU is unable to determine with any certainty if a member will have health insurance, we do not have access to the States personnel information. Payroll is the official division that turns health insurance on and off, to have the most current status of your health insurance eligibility this is who you need to contact. If you are unable to contact your payroll tech, the supervisor is Shawna Reid 465-8846.

The union is continuing to fight hard to resolve this incorrect interpretation of the Actor decision. IBU has filed an Unfair Labor Practice regarding the State of Alaska’s implementation of the Actor Decision, which includes issues regarding health care eligibility.

We have filed an Unfair Labor Practice against the State for not bargaining in good faith and implementing their interpretation of Actor decision while we were still negotiating an agreeable solution. This is a very long process, as is mostly everything with the state.

At our last E-Board meeting it was voted to cancel the 2 week pay period dispatch if a mid-week update was not agreed to be put out. The state has clarified with us the wording and is discussing if they are willing to enter into this agreement. Minus the agreement to post a mid-week update we will cancel the pay period dispatch and return to the former monthly dispatch.

Please remember that grievances take several months to resolve. Arbitrations take even longer. We have several of each active with the state.

Please remember to vote, remain active and uphold the level of professionalism the public has come to expect from our membership. Safe sailings.

The IBU offices are staff are here to serve YOU. This is your union. If you have any questions, comments or concerns call or stop by anytime.

 

Yours in Solidarity,

Joshua J. Stephenson

Regional Director

Inlandboatmen’s Union of the Pacific

Alaska Region

907-790-9644

joshua@nullibu.org

 

 

 

 

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Dues Ballot Letter

March 8, 2016

Elizabeth Peratrovich Day

Brothers and Sisters,

Today we celebrate Elizabeth Peratrovich Day and the work she did as a Tlingit, civil rights champion, especially her advocacy for the passage of the 1945 Anti-Discrimination Act. In response and reprimand to racist comments by a territorial senator, Peratrovich testified passionately for the bill, saying “I would not have expected that I, who am barely out of savagery, would have to remind gentlemen with five thousand years of recorded civilization behind them, of our Bill of Rights.”

Elizabeth Peratrovich Day provides an opportunity to remind the public of the invaluable contribution of this Native Alaskan leader who was an advocate for Native citizens and their rights. This courageous woman could not remain silent about injustice, prejudice and discrimination. In 1988, the Alaska State Legislature established February 16 as the annual Elizabeth Peratrovich Day to commemorate the anniversary of the signing of the Anti-Discrimination Act.

 

Yours in Solidarity,

Joshua Stephenson

Regional Director

Inlandboatmen’s Union of the Pacific Alaska Region

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Regional Directors Report

Greetings Brothers and Sisters,

As you probably know where are now in the 29th Alaska Legislature season. This will be another trying session as adversaries of AMHS seek to tighten the purse strings even further on funding. At the Juneau office we will be busy attending several meetings and committee hearings during the season. There are still several Legislatures who are friendly to Unions and strong AMHS supporters. This is the time for all our members, friends and family to telephone their representatives and voice our support for continued funding, not only for AMHS but all our brothers and sisters who have CBAs with the State of Alaska.

Our other major concern is Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association. If this blatant attack on unionism goes the wrong way, we could very well be looking at the end of public sector unions. We are following this case closely, as is the nation.

All of our Alaska Region members should have received ballots to vote on a dues increase. The dues increase is $36.00 a year. The finance committee labored long and hard to find the most cost effective increase for our membership. Brothers and Sisters please take the time to vote. Exercise your right to vote on every issue that is put up for vote. Many of you may not know that the more votes we generate the greater pull we have at the national level. It is in all of our best interest to vote.

Our next E-Board meeting with be in Ketchikan March 8-10. March 10 at 1330 at Ketchikan office is the next general membership meeting.

Remember to think of a name change you may like and submit to our Juneau office before November 2016. We have had very few submissions to date.

Please CC Pete on emails. During these next few months I will be in and out of the office.

Alaska Nautical Service contract is as running on all cylinders. This April our ANS contract will begin preparing for a busy summer season. We still have very few issues up there. Our relationship with ANS management is still great and look forward to the same rapport with ANS’ new president. As always a big thank you to our shop steward in Valdez.

Crowley Valdez is still doing well. The open communication and candidness is very appreciated. We have a few minor issues once in a while. When there is an issue it is resolved quickly and openly. Our Shop Stewards are fantastic and work tirelessly with management to solve problems before they become an issue, I cannot say it enough, thank you for all your work up there.  We are still waiting for word on the RFP. Given the remarkable safety and professionalism shown by our brothers and sisters we are still hopeful Crowley Valdez will be given the contract.

Sundance Stevedoring, Ketchikan Gateway Borough and City of Unalaska all are pleased with no issues.

AMHS. Where to begin. This is the absolute most demanding contract (EVER). I am now the proud owner of several gray hairs because of the frustration this contract brings with it. The largest issue we have is the States interpretation of the Actor decision. We have been in negotiations with the State for over a year in an attempt to find a solution. The State has grasped onto the term regular days off to mean that none of the employees may use any of their personal days off to be considered in paid status. Of course this is troublesome because it means that no one has any idea if they are receiving health benefits or not, nor does the employer. This could all be solved by a simple agreement allowing employees to use leave to be in paid status. This is apparently not an option the employer is interested in. We are told in meetings with the State that the employer cares for the employee; however, ensuring that employees cannot use personal leave they have worked for is contradictory to that statement.

We continue to have issues with dispatch. We are getting mixed comments on whether the pay period dispatch is favored over the monthly. It is something we would like to know. Please let either of the offices know or tell an E-Board member onboard your feelings on it. If this new dispatch is not to the majorities liking, we can cancel it and go back to the monthly.

We have several grievances in the works. Please remember that grievances take several months to resolve.

Please remember to vote, remain active and uphold the level of professionalism the public has come to expect from our membership. Safe sailings.

The IBU offices are staff are here to serve YOU. If you have any questions, comments or concerns call or stop by anytime.

Yours in Solidarity,

Joshua J. Stephenson

Regional Director

Inlandboatmen’s Union of the Pacific

Alaska Region

907-790-9644

joshua@nullibu.org

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