FAIRBANKS — A one-year agreement between the city of Fairbanks and AFL-CIO Joint Crafts Council will be  voted on at today’s council meeting. 

The contract proposes a 2.5 percent package increase at a cost of $116,558. AFL-CIO represents roughly 50 members who work for the city.

The agreement is part of a three-year contract that included provisions to reopen negotiations for years two and three. Third-year negotiations will begin later this year. 

The contract also includes a work-study job training program for high school students. Under the program, students will work with city employees, be exempted from union membership and ineligible for benefits or wages.

A resolution to allocate $270,000 in grant money from the hotel and motel bed tax also is on the consent agenda for today’s meeting. 

The $270,000 is a set amount of money given away yearly. Grants are awarded to organizations that promote the tourist industry or the economic development of Fairbanks. 

If approved, the money would be distributed among 24 organizations. 

Proposed grants range between $1,750 for the Tanana Valley State Fair Association and $46,168 for the Fairbanks Arts Association. 

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