Hello PSEA Members,
This is Meagan Carmichael, Acting Executive Director with PSEA. I would like to update the PSEA membership about current events around the state:
PSEA Health Trust — The next health care trust meeting is scheduled for April 25. Trustees will discuss employee contribution rates for FY 2019, the possibility of consolidating with a larger health trust to reduce health care costs for our members, as well as discuss other options, such as self-funding. PSEA members covered by the trust would have to vote on any proposed consolidation before it takes effect.
State Health Care Negotiations — The next negotiations for state health care reopeners is Friday, April 13. At the prior meeting on March 22, PSEA proposed the state pay for 80% of the costs of the health care plan, and members pay 20%. The state prefers a set monetary amount for contributions (currently $ 1555) instead of a percentage, but they have not made a specific contract proposal yet.
Legislative Priorities — The PAC committee has been lobbying in Juneau for administrative options to address the recruitment and retention crisis, relying on the DPS Recruitment and Retention Plan Overview for support. The regular session ends April 15, 2018.
Ketchikan Police Department Health Care Negotiations — Ketchikan members are comparing PSEA health trust costs with the City of Ketchikan health care plan, to determine any potential cost savings. Ketchikan, Fairbanks, DPS and APFO employees are currently covered by the PSEA health trust.
Juneau Police Department Contract Negotiations — The City will meet in Executive Session on Monday, April 16, to get parameters and direction from the Assembly for wage reopeners. The City and PSEA have made substantially different proposals for wage increases for the final year of the contract.
Unalaska Department of Public Safety Contract Negotiations — PSEA completed contract negotiations for the Unalaska Department of Public Safety in about 3 days (April 4-6). The City agreed to a 10% wage increase for Unalaska members, effective July 1, 2018. The City also agreed to new retention bonuses for employees with 8, 10 and 12 years of service ($8,000 for 8 years, $10,000 for 10 years, and $12,000 for 12 years), as well as new education incentives. The City recognizes the significant recruitment and retention challenges for remote, and expensive,
Dutch Harbor, and it chose to invest in public safety infrastructure, as a responsible public employer. Thank you for all the hard work ofthe PSEA negotiating team to make this happen!
Soldotna Police Department Court Case — PSEA recently prevailed on a termination case from 2014, regarding a Soldotna Police Officer. In January of 2018, the Superior Court granted PSEA’s motion to dismiss the City’s appeal, so the City is responsible for paying PSEA’s court costs. The City is required to reinstate the officer with back pay and benefits, and the officer returned to work in March of 2018. PSEA will have a member meeting at the Soldotna Police Department on Tuesday, April 24, at 4pm. Food and drinks will be provided.
Fairbanks Police Department Court Case — PSEA is currently waiting on a decision from the Alaska Supreme Court, regarding an Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) complaint that we filed against the City of Fairbanks. We expect a decision by March of 2018. The Alaska Labor Relations Agency, and the Fairbanks Superior Court, both found the City did commit a ULP. PSEA also filed a separate lawsuit against the City for breach of contract, but that lawsuit is on hold, pending the Supreme Court decision on the ULP. PSEA will have a member meeting at FPD on Monday, April 16, at 6pm. Food and drinks will be provided.
PSEA Member Meetings — PSEA is holding member meetings around the state, to provide updates, listen to concerns, and answer questions, as well as asking members to voluntarily sign maintenance of membership cards. We are asking members to sign the cards, to volunteer to pay dues, even if no longer required to do so after the Janus Supreme Court decision comes out in June of this year. The next member meeting is on Monday, April 16, at 4pm, at the Fairbanks AST post. We are also meeting on Tuesday, April 17, at 6pm, with the Fairbanks APFOs.
We are meeting with Soldotna DPS members on Tuesday April 24, at 7pm, at the Soldotna AST post. Food and drinks will be provided. Member meeting dates and times are also posted on the “events” section of our website. (www.psea.net)
Thank you for everything that you do to keep Alaska safe. Thank you for taking the time to review this information. Please contact me with any questions or concerns.
Acting Executive Director