Fairbanks council rejects labor agreement


by Your Alaska Link News Team

The Fairbanks City Council has rejected a labor contract for the second time in two weeks.

Reports say the council Monday night rejected the labor contract covering 42 office workers and department heads.

It was the identical contract the council rejected two weeks ago, but brought back for consideration by Mayor John Eberhart.

Eberhart wanted the council to take another look after the city finance department overestimated how much of a deficit the contract would cause in 2016 budget.

It would give workers a 2.5 percent increase in wages and benefits in 2014 and 2 percent each of the next two years.

Council members took another look, but said they still have concerns about the red ink projected for 2016 and sent it back to negotiators.