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Teamsters 30th JLC Charity Golf Championship was a huge success

The Teamsters JLC Golf Committee wishes to thank our Eagle sponsors Russell Investments, ExxonMobil, ASRC Houston Contracting and Great Northwest along with all the sponsors that make this event successful every year.  We had a great turnout for our 30th tournament even though the weather did not enhance the playing conditions everyone had a great time for a good cause.  We were able to make generous donations to the Alaska March of Dimes and the Muscular Dystrophy Assocation Alaska.  Thank you to all the volunteers from Local 959 and Anchorage Golf Course staff everyone always puts in 100% for this fundraiser and we are so very grateful for each and every one of you!

 

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What is Alaska's current minimum wage? The minimum wage in Alaska is set at $.50 over the federal minimum wage. The current federal minimum wage is $7.25 Alaska's minimum wage is $7.75 per hour. Incidentally, the $.50 Alaska premium was first established in 1959, when the federal minimum wage was $1.00 per hour.

Why do we need to raise the minimum wage?  The minimum wage is supposed to assure "the maintenance of minimum standards of living necessary for the health, efficiency, and general well-being of workers." No one can say Alaska's current minimum wage even comes close to doing this. A full-time, year-round worker making $7.75 an hour earns only $16,120 annually. This is $8,600 below the federal poverty threshold for a family of three in Alaska ($24,740) and $13,700 below the federal poverty threshold for a family of four ($29,820).

 How does Alaska compare to other states?  After having had the highest minimum wage in the nation for the first four decades after statehood, Alaska has fallen to 17th, behind even low-wage states such as Florida ($7.93) and Arizona ($7.90). Eleven states (including Florida and Arizona) provide for an automatic annual cost-of-living adjustment to their minimum wage based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI). Our Northwest neighbors, Washington ($9.32) and Oregon ($9.10), have the highest state minimum wages. The minimum wage in California will increase to $10 per hour on January 1, 2016.

When was the minimum wage last increased in Alaska?  In 2009, the legislature restored the $.50 over federal minimum wage Alaska rate, and the Alaska minimum wage has been $7.75 per hour since 2010. Prior to that, the first major revision to the Alaska minimum wage law since statehood had been passed in 2002. When bills introduced by Governor Knowles and the House Speaker in 2001 were stalled during that year's legislative session, the Alaska AFL-CIO gathered over 50,000 signatures for an initiative based on Knowles' bill, which called for an increase from $5.65 to $7.15, with an annual CPI adjustment or to $1.00 over the federal rate, whichever was greater. The legislature passed a bill identical to the AFL-CIO initiative, thus keeping it off the 2002 ballot. Less than a year after passing that bill the legislature repealed both the CPI and the "$1.00 over federal" wage adjustments.

Had the legislature left the cost of living adjustment in place in 2003 the $7.15 Alaska minimum wage which took effect on January 1, 2003 would be $9.53 per hour today.

The measure proposed by Alaskans for a Fair Minimum Wage would raise the state minimum wage to approximately what it should have been by January 1, 2016 had the 2003 legislature not repealed the cost of living adjustment. The increase is phased in over two years (to $8.75 effective January 1, 2015 and to $9.75 effective January 1, 2016, with cost of living adjustment annually after that) to accommodate employers of low-wage workers in adjusting to the increase.

Who makes the minimum wage? Are they mostly teenagers and part-time?  Studies have shown that over 75% of Alaskan workers earning minimum wage are adults. While critics claim that increasing the minimum wage has a negative impact on job opportunities for youth, studies have found the effect, if any, to be minor. In fact, under current Alaska law, which the proposed initiative would not change, workers under the age of 18 who work no more than 30 hours per week are exempted from the Alaska minimum wage and fall under the federal minimum wage law only.

 In Alaska, those at or near the minimum wage who would benefit from this measure are employed in seafood processing, hotels, restaurants and food service, child care,  cashiers and delivery drivers, and in other low-paying occupations.

 www.AlaskaNeedsaRaise.org   akfairwage@gmail.com   907-790-3931

 Flanagan, Chair. Top contributors: United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1496 (Anchorage Ak), United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (Washington DC), Alaska AFL-CIO (Anchorage, Ak), Fairbanks Central Labor Council (Fairbanks, Ak), IBEW Local 1547 (Anchorage, Ak). This NOTICE TO VOTERS required by Alaska law.

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North Slope News

If anybody thought last winter's North Slope season was busy wait till this winter.  The 2015 winter North Slope season list of jobs is getting bigger and bigger.  As of September 18, 2014, below are the jobs that have been announced:

  • Houston Contracting - Drill Sites 16 & 17 Pipeline Installation.  Both Drill Sites 16 & 17 will have 27,000 feet of pipeline that will consist of 18" pipe, with a new pipe rack and ice roads to be built.  The Pipeline will go from Drill Site 16 to Flow Station 2 with AFC building the ice roads for this project and also drilling VSM holes and hauling all the slurry for the VSM's for this project.  There are an estimated 720 plus VSM's to be set.
  • Doyon/Associated will finish the Pipeline work that was in their scope from last year at Pt. Thomson as well as begin the Pipeline work for the new CD-5 Project for ConocoPhillips.  We haven't received the pre-job for that project and will post an update when we receive that information.
  • AFC/Nanuq has a large amount of work this winter starting with a gravel haul for the CD-5 Project, 50-mile ice road to Pt. Thomson, ice roads for Repsol, ENI and Pioneer. 

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