NEWS: Rep. Gara Offers Alternatives to Pay Cuts for Public Employees

Rep. Les Gara

Legislation Would Enhance Voluntary Unpaid Leave for State Employees

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 17, 2015

JUNEAU – Today, Representative Les Gara (D-Anchorage) submitted legislation to cut the cost of state government without voiding statutory cost of living pay increases for public employees.  The Legislature is currently considering a rollback for pay increases in the proposed FY 2016 operating budget and individual bills in the House and Senate.  Rep. Gara opposes these proposals.

“Alaskans love a vacation and through this legislation we can offer state employees additional voluntary unpaid leave if they want it,” said Rep. Gara. “This leave will save the state money and improve the lives of employees who want to explore our great state or spend more time with their family.  Perhaps the most significant benefit of this legislation is that it could avoid pay reductions for thousands of state employees.”

Rep. Gara’s legislation allows an extra three weeks of voluntary unpaid leave for most state employees.  Employees that preform vital safety functions would be exempt from the new leave provisions.  The proposed legislation would not change existing leave rights for state employees.

The bill was filed earlier today.  For more information, contact Rep. Les Gara at (907) 465-2647.

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