The Department of Transportation says there are at least 125 unfilled vacancies on the marine highway, system-wide.
This summer, the Alaska Marine Highway System weathered its first strike in more than 40 years. So what did the ferry workers union win?
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.
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.
Throngs of ferry supporters packed a House hearing and called in from across the state, urging elected officials to spare the Alaska Marine Highway System from deep cost-cutting.
Alaska Marine Highway System captains and deck officers have avoided a strike that could have shut down ferry service across the state this weekend.