10 YEARS AGO

Jan. 15, 2010 — Labor deals Wednesday between union halls, oil contractors and the operator of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline will keep hundreds of jobs in the hands of union workers.

The deal comes a month after Alyeska Pipeline Service Co., which operates the pipeline, said it would seek to shift roughly 300 maintenance jobs toward a nonunion contractor to help reduce issues.

The deals Wednesday drew concessions from union workers, who will see their salaries cut by 5 percent and forgo wage increases for another two years, according to Alyeska and the Alaska Petroleum Joint Crafts Council, a collection of five unions.

In return, Alyeska will use union-only contractors for maintenance, operations, construction and other project work on the pipeline for another five years through a new contract with Houston Contracting, a subsidiary of Arctic Slope Regional Corp., Alyeska and the union council said.

 

25 YEARS AGO

Jan. 15, 1995 — JUNEAU — The to-do list is long and the budget outlook is gloomy.

Still, Interior lawmakers were optimistic as they unpacked their offices and hooked up computers over the weekend in preparation for Monday, the first day of the 19th Alaska Legislature.

“ Things will be focused on issues this time, not personalities,” said Sen. Mike Miller, R-North Pole and the Interior delegation’s senior member. “People elect grown-ups to do grown-up business. They don’t elect children.”

But many lawmakers in the past two years, Miller said, have acted as just that — children. Everyone is fed up with it.

With much to do, Interior lawmakers agree that budget cuts, millions in University of Alaska maintenance, timber development and regulation reform are top priorities.

Sen. Steve Frank, R-Fairbanks and co-chairman of the budget writing Senate Finance Committee, said a shortage of about $600 million is predicted for the coming fiscal year. North Slope oil production continues to decline while portions of the budget, such as welfare, keep climbing.

 

50 YEARS AGO

Jan. 15, 1970 — JUNEAU — Gov. Keith Miller today proposed a general fund budget of $242 million for 1971, an increase of 57 per cent over appropriations for the current fiscal year.

The governor’s projections were that the state would end the next fiscal year with $900 million in the bank — exactly what was received at the September oil lease sale.

The governor, speaking to a joint session of the Alaska legislature, proposed $137 million in bond authorizations and outlined his program for investment of the state’s new wealth.

With the addition of federal funds , the governor’s recommendation for expenditures next fiscal year totals $390.2 million. This compares to a total of $269.8 million from all sources this year.

Miller also said he would ask for supplemental appropriations totaling over $9 million for the current fiscal year.

 

75 YEARS AGO

Jan. 15, 1945 — Topics connected with the coming session of the Alaska Legislature occupied most of the time at the regular meeting of the Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce today, with taxes and a public housing authority taking the spotlight.

In response to Representative Harry Badger’s request last meeting for an expression of sentiments on possible new taxes to be enacted this session, Ralph Rivers repeated the recommendations of two years ago from this Chamber. This report recommended against any sales tax or land tax until the war is over, but pointed out that some form of a withholding tax on income would tap the war industry payrolls then blossoming. Rivers remarked that the Territory “missed the boat” on the income tax but that the same arguments still obtained against sales and land taxes.