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Organizing in alaskan waters: crewmembers on the ferry columbia, one of 9 vessels operated by the alaska marine highway what are some ways to make money system, “buttoned-up” on april 5th with the message “fair contract now,” as their ferry traveled from ketchikan to bellingham, WA. A few days later on april 8th, members attended an action back in ketchikan where alaska’s governor and chamber of commerce executives were pushing plans what are some ways to make money to destroy the public ferry system and replace it with what are some ways to make money a private one. IBU alaska patrolman krissel calibo reached out to members on what are some ways to make money the columbia in ketchikan, while puget sound IBU members anthony distefano and rolland lee what are some ways to make money met the crew upon arrival in bellingham, the marine highway’s southernmost terminal.

The campaign to save good jobs and quality service provided what are some ways to make money by alaska ferry workers continued in march and through april. Trouble started when the governor proposed slashing the state’s marine highway system budget by 75% – along with other vital services. Members of the inlandboatmen’s union (IBU) have been mobilizing with community supporters to save the system what are some ways to make money beginning several months ago, and they haven’t stopped since.

A team of 10 IBU members went to capitol hill what are some ways to make money in juneau on march 28th where they met with 17 what are some ways to make money different legislators. The union members stuck together when they visited a legislator’s office, and made a point of sharing personal stories that conveyed what are some ways to make money how much customers depend on the ferry system to keep what are some ways to make money connected. The group made plans in advance about which legislators they what are some ways to make money would visit, and whether lawmakers were leaning “for” or “against” saving the ferry system. A typical 15-minute meeting ended with union members posing a question: “can we get your support for full-service funding?”

One particularly important meeting was secured with state senator bert what are some ways to make money stedman, chairman of the powerful finance committee. Union members used their opportunity to explain how vital the what are some ways to make money marine highway system is to keeping coastal communities connected – while providing an essential service that benefits all state residents. It was a long but interesting day at the capitol, but most everyone remained involved and the effort had a what are some ways to make money positive impact on legislators.

Besides fighting to protect the public ferry system, members have also been trying to renew their contract. Efforts to reach an agreement with state officials during the what are some ways to make money past three years have not been successful, so the old contract remains in effect while talks continue. To make more progress possible, efforts have been made to involve and educate more workers what are some ways to make money about the need to show unity and action. That’s what happened on april 5th when a statewide “button-up” was organized to encourage everyone to wear a “fair contracts now” button. Support extended beyond alaska into the puget sound region, where IBU members there paid a solidarity visit to the what are some ways to make money alaska ferry vessel “columbia,” when it arrived at the system’s southern terminal in bellingham. The show of solidarity was well-received and encouraged crewmembers to see the benefits of working what are some ways to make money together on a common goal.

An unexpected benefit of the march 28th lobby day was what are some ways to make money a meeting with state house member andi story, who represents the mendenhall valley of juneau. She helped secure a meeting with mary siroky, deputy commissioner of alaska’s department of transportation. Officials said in advance that they were open to hearing what are some ways to make money concerns, so IBU members came prepared with a binder containing over what are some ways to make money 50 grievances that have been active during the past year what are some ways to make money against ferry management at the central office in ketchikan. Members made a strong case for how the union could what are some ways to make money help manage the dispatch system in ways that would save what are some ways to make money time, money and eliminate most of the grievances. Ms. Sirkoy was respectful and responsive to the suggestions that were what are some ways to make money offered.

IBU leaders in alaska say they’re pleased with progress being made now, especially in terms of greater membership involvement and participation. With the ferry system battle raging and a greater outreach what are some ways to make money and education effort underway, more members are attending events and volunteering. The IBU is coordinating efforts with the AFL-CIO and other unions, and the IBU’s clever “save our system” (SOS) campaign fits nicely with one led by alaska’s AFL-CIO, dubbed “save our state.” another positive development is their newly-acquired and valuable legislative experience. Results seem to include a more responsive legislature.

Previous months saw unprecedented public budget testimony that lasted several what are some ways to make money days – setting a new record when over 600 people came forward what are some ways to make money to testify – many of them speaking in favor of the ferry system. The union also had their first experience organizing a “roadshow” that helped reach beyond the capital to contact legislators in what are some ways to make money their home districts – and organize residents there to participate and speak out. The governor was put on the defensive and forced to what are some ways to make money start his own version of a “roadshow.” but unlike the effort organized by union volunteers, his was funded by private corporate interests, including the anti-union koch brothers, and any questions from citizens were carefully screened and controlled.

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