A tentative deal between a striking ferry union and the state could see the Alaska Marine Highway System up and running soon. The IBU’s strike has paralyzed the ferry system since July 24.
Negotiators for the state of Alaska and the Inlandboatmen’s Union of the Pacific reached a tentative agreement late Thursday night, which could bring an end to Alaska’s ferry strike.
The original plan was to return to Juneau after the Southeast Alaska State Fair. But with no ferries running, the Peterson’s Pretzels truck is stuck in Haines. And business is booming.
State and union representatives met this weekend with a federal mediator to discuss contract negotiations.
The strike is expected to cut into the ferry system’s revenue, aggravating budget cuts.
Some visitors who arrived in Haines on the ferry before the strike began are stuck. But some regional transportation services and tour companies are trying to pick up the slack.
There’s confusion and disappointment at Alaska’s marine terminals after a strike shut down the state ferry system.
A labor dispute involving the largest union representing state ferry workers is poised to paralyze the Alaska Marine Highway System.