The limited sailing schedule not only affects passengers but ferry employees as well.
The state sent a letter to the more than 400 striking workers represented by the Inlandboatmen’s Union of the Pacific warning employees that the state would not be paying health insurance premiums or unemployment compensation if the strike lasts past Aug. 1.
The strike is expected to cut into the ferry system’s revenue, aggravating budget cuts.
Alaska state transportation officials confirmed that the MV Columbia will not sail past Sept. 4. The state plans to assign the ferry’s 62 crew members to other vessels.
The state and union plan to meet June 10 for another round of negotiations