Airport employees ratify new contract

    Jodi Garza was recently appointed to the CBJ Airport Board (Photo credit to Charles Murphy).

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The CBJ Airport Board heard an update on construction projects, learned details on new union contracts, and welcomed a new board member Tuesday night.

    The board learned that the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association union ratified a new three-year contract on August 6.  The agreement calls for a two percent general pay hike in the first year, and a $500 lump sum payment for full-time employees who were employed on July 1. 

    The contract also calls for one percent pay hikes in fiscal year 2021 and 2022.  The employer contribution to health insurance will increase by five percent in fiscal year 2020 and 2021 and up to five percent in fiscal year 2022.  The impact to the fiscal year 2020 budget is estimated at $62,500.  Airport Manager Patty Wahto said there are no re-openers in the contract.

    The Assembly also recently approved a new contract with the Public Safety Employees Association.  Sworn officers at the airport will see a six percent increase, dispatchers receive three percent, and all non-sworn PSEA members, two percent.  Non-sworn members will also receive a $500 lump sum payment if they were employed on July 1. 

    Police employees will also see an increase in health insurance contributions of five percent in fiscal year 2020 and 2021, and up to five percent in fiscal year 2022.  Contract negotiations continue with the International Association of Firefighters Local 4303.

    In other actions:

    The Airport Board approved the transfer of $60,221 of sales tax funds from the Gate 2 Passenger Boarding Bridge Project.  They also approved the transfer of $140,000 in sales tax funds from the Snow Removal Equipment Building and Sand/Chemical Design project to the Sand/Chemical Construction project, for non-FAA grant-eligible expenses.

    The board also learned a project to remove trees over 20 feet high on the dredged island on runway 26 has been completed.  Last Frontier Forestry and Tree Service completed the work for $8,900.

    The live drill held on July 20 included over 120 public volunteers along with staff from multiple agencies and departments.  

    The Transportation Security Administration will replace bag screening equipment at the airport.  One replacement takes place this month and the second next February.  There is no planned disruption for travelers.  

    The airport staff has offered a lease amendment with the gift shop to temporarily relocate during the construction of the north terminal expansion.  Space is located across from Delta Air Lines.   It will be a temporary space for the gift shop to use.  The gift shop owners had complained in July about a lack of space offered for them to do business during construction of the terminal.  Wahto said the owners of the gift shop must commit to the temporary space by the end of August.  Airport officials plan to meet with the owners next week.  “They have been a very valuable concessionary tenant at the airport.  We think this agreement is fair,” she added.

    Demolition work on the terminal is expected in January 2020.  Bids are expected to go out in early November.  Bids are expected to be approved in December.   Wahto said they plan to put plans on the CBJ website to explain the work at the terminal and how it will impact travelers.  

    The Airport Board will hold monthly meetings at the Glacier Fire Station Training Room while the north terminal is expanded.

    Republic Parking is interested in upgrades for the two exit booths in the public pay parking lots.  Both booths are in poor condition.  The company would like to remove and replace the booths.  One of the booths would be unmanned and fully automated. 

    The company is willing to pay for the work.  Airport staff said the public pay parking lot is in need of multiple repairs that include numerous potholes, deteriorated asphalt paving, damaged asphalt paving, damaged concrete curbing and settlement of the sub-base and base course materials that are creating areas of ponding.

    The board will elect officers at the Sept. 10 meeting.

    Ward Air is expected to break ground this year on a new maintenance hangar.  Ward Air staff predict construction would start late fall or early spring, 2020.

    Jodi Garza attended her first Airport Board meeting.  David Epstein was honored for nine years of service to the Airport Board.



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