AMHS to Sell the Fast Ferries..GOOD! - P.O.W. Report

Thursday, April 4, 2019

AMHS to Sell the Fast Ferries..GOOD!


The Juneau Empire reported Wednesday that the state Department of Transportation and Public Facilities intends to sell the F/V Fairweather and the F/V Chenega in the coming months.

A department official says ferry staff will be reassigned without any expected job losses, although they will technically be laid off this month in accordance with union contracts.

Officials say the state will begin operating at least one new ship this year, the F/V Tazlina, and expect to save about $400,000 in fuel costs by retiring the 15-year-old Fairweather.

Let's be frank here for a moment. The AMHS Union model is outdated and once again shows how the tyranny of a small fraction of over-paid public employees are terrorizing the majority of us who barely make ends meet from month to month. That's the truth. I worked for the AMHS (for one week) and my entire job was to make sandwiches and salads and I was making $21+ an hour, does that make sense to you? During that week I also racked up a bunch of 'over time' and my paycheck for that week was more than most people make in a month.

Does that seem fair to you?

And I was the bottom rung-entry level position employee, so, take a moment to imagine how much the rest are paid...i'll wait.

I wrote an editorial [here] responding to a citizen who made the crazy claim that "oversized PFD payments the governor proposes will harm Alaska..." read that again.

"Oversized PFD payments the governor proposes will harm Alaska"

Let's take our emotions out of the budget argument for a few seconds. Southeast, Alaska and Prince of Wales Island (in particular) has the highest unemployment rate in the State we ALSO have the LOWEST income in the entire state. So, when it comes to the ability of getting $3K dollars in the Fall vs $0000 because a minority of over-paid state employees want to keep their cush job, the answer for what makes a difference to the poor and under-paid Islanders is easy.

$3,000 Makes a HUGE Difference.

When is the last time you used the Alaska Marine Highway? Once in the last five years? Does that merit losing $3K a year? Now, I get our kids use the ferry system for sporting events, however, AGAIN. The kids in sports are a MINORITY of the school population.

Is it worth your child losing $3K for someone else's kid to go to a Basketball tournament in Petersburg?

These are all fact based questions that we should be asking ourselves instead of getting emotional because you read some article from a Corporate News Paper and heard some talking points from a Corporate Paid News Actor Anchor.

The AMHS, needs to change. And it will be difficult. It's better to make the hard decisions now then keep kicking the hard decisions down the road like cowards.

The fast-ferries are shit boats. They should never have been built. We all know this. They cost too much, they can't navigate the channels efficiently, and they are run by over-paid employees who constantly bitch that they don't get paid enough.

As far as i'm concerned, good riddance! I'll take my $3K dividend so I can pay off my credit card after paying to get my car fixed that broke down unexpectedly. Nobody expects me to get a bail-out, why does the AMHS expect the same?

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