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New Fairbanks borough union ratifies contract

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Posted: Friday, December 7, 2012 12:03 am

FAIRBANKS—After months of heated negotiations between the Fairbanks North Star Borough and a newly formed union representing its managerial employees, the employees voted to ratify a tentative agreement on Thursday.

The 56 employees voted by ballot to approve a contract that doesn’t include controversial retroactive pay raise but does include room for performance-based raises.

An initial contract was rejected by the Borough Assembly for including retroactive pay to make up for pay freezes approved by the assembly. The second round of negotiations went through two rounds of mediation.

Both the borough administration and the union representatives have called the tentative agreement acceptable. Neither side got all it wanted.

The agreement will now head to the Borough Assembly for approval. The fiscal impact of the tentative agreement has not yet been determined. The assembly is expected to hold a hearing and vote on the agreement at its Jan. 10 meeting.

Contact staff writer Matt Buxton at 459-7544 or follow him on Twitter: @FDNMpolitics.

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