ASD, custodial workers reach agreement


March 24, 2014


The following is a joint news release from the Anchorage School District Alaska Laborers Local 71.


March 24, 2014

Heidi Embley, ASD Communications, (907) 742-4153
Dennis Moen, Alaska Laborers Local 71, (907) 276-7211


District and custodial workers reach tentative agreement

Proposed three-year contract approved by union members; goes to board for final approval


The Anchorage School District and Alaska Laborers Local 71 reached a tentative agreement on a three-year contract that extends through June 30, 2017. The current contract, which covers approximately 325 custodial and building plant operator employees, expires on June 30.


"ASD values the services that Local 71 members provide to our district and community," said Todd Hess, chief human resources officer. "Entering negotiations, it was clear that both sides recognized the district is going through a difficult financial situation. We're very pleased with the outcome of this collaborative and successful process."


Local 71 members ratified the contract proposal following a vote on March 22.


"Local 71 values the productive and cooperative process it shares with ASD that has produced a contract that benefits the school district, the public, and our hard-working employees," said Dennis Moen, business manager for Alaska Laborers Local 71. "We believe that we've negotiated a contract that strikes a balance of fair wages and benefits and that recognizes and appreciates the work our members do on behalf of ASD."


The tentative agreement includes the following highlights:

  • Salary increases
    • 1 percent in each year
    • $500 bonus in years one and two
  • District health insurance contributions
    • $75 increase in year one
    • No increase in year two
    • $40 increase in year three


The proposed salary and benefit increases are in line with other negotiated contracts for ASD employees.


Negotiations for a new contract began earlier this month. The proposed contract will be presented to the school board for final approval on April 7.

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