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