Greetings Brothers and Sisters,

Representative Mark Neumann, Representative Steve Thompson and Representative Les Gara will convene April 9 to vote on Senate amended bill calling for the elimination of pay increases for state employees that were negotiated in bargaining agreements of 14 unions.

It is vital to phone or email these Representatives and cordially voice your opinion. It will be extremely helpful for our members from the Anchorage and Fairbanks areas to express their views. Any family, friends or other supporters are encouraged to call as well.

We understand this is very short notice, things are moving fast right now and we must act as quick as they happen. We need to stand up for what is right. We must hold the state accountable when they enter into an agreement, let us not set a precedence for backing out of agreements at the last minute. As Senator Egan said “Alaska is a state that keeps its word. We shook hands on a contract and it’s wrong to break it.”

Les Gara (Anchorage): 907-465-2647   email:

Steve Thompson (Fairbanks): 907-465-3004   email:

Mark Nuemann (Big Lake): 907-465-2679   email:


In Solidarity,

Joshua J. Stephenson

Regional Director

Inlandboatmen’s Union of the Pacific Alaska Region

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Time to take action

Brothers and Sisters,

We need to take action to support summer ferry service now! We encourage all members, family members, friends and supporters of our ferry system to act. Time is of the essence, the clock is ticking. Any support we can rally from northern districts, particularly Kenai, will be especially helpful.

As you may know, this week  Senate sub-committee cut another $6 million from the Alaska Marine Highway operating budget which means that the State will not be able to finance full service weeks scheduled for this summer starting in July.  The Senate Finance Committee will likely have public hearings on the budget next week.

In the meantime, please write a short email to your legislators and the key Committee Chairs listed below.  Share the importance of the AMHS to your and your community and ask them to reinstate funding.  If you need help getting started, check out the sample letter below.

Yours in Solidarity,

Joshua J. Stephenson

Regional Director IBU Alaska

Sample letter idea:

Dear Senators and Representatives:

Please restore funding to the operating budget so that the State of Alaska can provide the scheduled aboard the Alaska Marine Highway System this summer.

My community depends on the Marine Highway for…

People have already booked tickets and made entire travel plans around the Marine Highway Schedule

I realize that all departments will have to cut costs.  I think efficiencies could be found by…

However, these reductions should be made in a planned, thoughtful way.  Slashing away at scheduled service will likely cost the State more in lost revenue than we will gain in savings.




Send emails to your Senator and Representative as well as these key finance committee members.

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General Information





Here are some points of information.

4 WEEK DISPATCH—This will continue as per our CBA, we are to meet with the state to discuss possible changes—more info will be forthcoming.

TRAVEL PAY—If you are a DRAE or RARE or Relief you do not get travel pay.  The only time travel pay is payable is if you are a RAE going to your own vessel at other than your regular change port.

PAY PROBLEMS- Please contact payroll before you call the union—most of the time you can get it worked out. File a Notice of Pay Problem with the state, it is the employee’s responsibility to complete the form with full details and get a copy to the Union.  If, after receiving a response from payroll, you still disagree then give us a call.

DISPATCH— Please check the crew list on Fridays.  We continue to have crew who do not check it because they think they are laid off.  You run the risk of being terminated, having a reprimand in your permanent file and losing money.


Pete Lapinski


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Local Union Meeting with Governor

Greetings Brothers and Sisters,

The local union leaders who have contracts with the state were asked to meet with Governor Walker, Lt. Governor Mallet and staff, yesterday, March 11. There were several topics discussed, including the state wanting to reduce spending, increase revenue and how the unions may be able to assist.  This was an informal discussion only, no decisions were made regarding anything at all. The option for more discussions was mulled over and may happen at a later date.  If anything concrete comes out of any meetings we will let you know ASAP. Thank you for all the support and any questions you may have don’t hesitate to call.


Yours in Solidarity,

Joshua J. Stephenson

Regional Director

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