Union negotiators and management at Bartlett Regional Hospital have agreed to a new contract that includes gradual pay increases for about 400 hospital employees over the next three years.
A majority of members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union had voted to ratify the agreement last month.
The terms call for a 1.5 percent increase for both union and non-union workers next year. That will be followed by an annual 1 percent increase over the next two years. The pay increases are projected to cost about $4.1 million over three years; the contract replaces last year’s agreement and expires in 2021.
- Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s office is considering sites in the Mat-Su Borough and elsewhere on the road system for a possible second special session, according to spokesperson Matt Shuckerow.
- Researchers are trying to determine the cause of a gray whale die-off along the West Coast, including Alaska. And they're looking at whether recent warming trends in the Arctic, and reduced sea ice, have affected their prey.
- Papua New Guinea-based company Oil Search announced Thursday it received a permit from the Army Corps of Engineers for its Pikka development, planned west of Prudhoe Bay.
A judge blocked a Trump plan for a controversial road through an Alaska wildlife refuge. Now the administration is appealing.The Trump administration is appealing a court ruling that blocked plans to build a long-sought road through the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge.