The state’s two largest public employee unions have tentative agreements for new three-year contracts. The Alaska State Employees Association — representing 85,000 general government workers — and the Alaska Public Employees Association — representing 2,000 supervisors — both reached agreements on Thursday. ASEA members have been offered a one percent pay increase in the first year of the contract, and two percent in each of the remaining years. APEA members get two percent each year. There’s only partial implementation of a geographic cost differential study, which takes into account the higher cost of living for state employees outside Anchorage. The state did agree to increase its contribution to employees’ health insurance costs.
Casey Kelly, KTOO – Juneau
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