The Juneau Assembly has ratified terms of a new three-year contract agreement between the city and firefighters.
Members of the International Association of Firefighters, Local 4303, already voted to ratify the negotiated agreement, which includes a 1 percent pay increase on July 1, the start of the new fiscal year. Next year, wages go up 1.5 percent.
Employer health care contribution rates also increase in fiscal year 2015.
In addition, the Capital City Fire and Rescue pay schedule has been rewritten.
The contract changes will cost the city a total of $555,737 over the life of the contract, according to CBJ Manager Kim Kiefer. It expires on June 30, 2016.
Assembly member Randy Wanamaker wanted to delay the vote, objecting to the way the tentative agreement was presented to the Assembly. It was on the Assembly’s Consent Agenda.
Wanamaker said he wanted more information, though the entire agreement was provided to the Assembly in its packet before Monday’s meeting. City Manager Kim Kiefer also briefed the Assembly in a closed door session prior to the meeting. Other Assembly members said they had enough information to take the vote. It passed unanimously.
Other Assembly news
Trucano Construction is the winner of a CBJ bid to construct a new Fisheries Terminal Dock in downtown Juneau.
The Assembly Monday awarded the Juneau-based company the contract to rebuild the dock near the University of Alaska Southeast Technical Center. The existing dock was struck by a boat and damaged beyond repair.
Trucano was the low bidder of three companies who submitted proposals for the construction project. Trucano’s contract with the city totals $106,489. The CBJ engineer’s estimate is $120,000.
- President Trump is proposing to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling. That’s one detail from the budget the White House delivered to Congress Tuesday. The document fleshes out the “blueprint” released in March.
- Juneau residents will have a rare opportunity this week to sound off over trash service. The company that runs curbside pick up has been acquired by Waste Connections, a Canada-based business with customers in 39 states and five provinces.
- The Department of Fish and Game will pull the north line of the Ugashik District back away from the haulout site again, Salomone said, the same as last year. The exact coordinates will be published with the first announcement from Fish and Game about June 1.
- The Navy will scan Kodiak and Unalaska waters for World War II-era munitions using underwater drones next month, as part of an ongoing effort to eventually remove the explosives. What could happen and whether the historic weapons would detonate is unclear.