Fairbanks City Council approves new AFL-CIO bargaining agreement

The Fairbanks City Council votes to ratify a collective bargaining agreement with the union that represents certain city workers.
Published: Feb. 15, 2023 at 11:05 AM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Certain workers with the City of Fairbanks now have a new contract following a Monday, February 13 meeting of the Fairbanks City Council.

In a vote of 5 to 0, the council voted to ratify a collective bargaining agreement with the AFL-CIO union that represents 37 permanent and dozens of temporary city workers. Councilmember Crystal Tidwell did not vote due to a conflict of interest.

The contract goes into effect on February 16, and lasts until December 31, 2025.

It includes a 10 percent raise over the next three years, among other changes.

At the meeting, Councilmember June Rogers said, “Each and every person who is working toward moving this forward, whichever way they are working in that fashion, I have to express my admiration for, because I think it’s a difficult circumstance. It’s a difficult choice, and I thank everyone who’s working towards moving it forward.”

The group also voted 4 to 2 in favor of a revised version of the Diversity Action Plan created by the Fairbanks Diversity Council (DAC).

This version marked the second plan approved by the city since the diversity council’s creation in 2014.

The DAC is composed of 11 volunteers, and was formed to advise the city on hiring practices, public accommodations, transportation and other areas of city operations.