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Alaska ferry schedule set to get ‘back to normal’ later this week, DOT says

Alaska’s ferry schedule will return to normal later this week following the end of the ferry workers’ strike.

The state and the Inlandboatmen’s Union of the Pacific reached a tentative agreement last week over contract negotiations that had gone on for years and in late July escalated into a strike.

State ferries started sailing again on Sunday. Operations will be “back to normal” once ferries Columbia and Kennicott start their Ketchikan to Bellingham runs on Wednesday and Thursday, Alaska Department of Transportation spokeswoman Shannon McCarthy said in an email.

The deal the state and IBU came to late Thursday night was approved by union members on Sunday, McCarthy said. Union workers began returning to active work status on Saturday, she said. The Tazlina and the LeConte began sailing again Sunday morning.

You can find more information about the ferry schedule on the state’s website.

Annie Zak

Annie Zak was a business reporter for the ADN between 2015 and 2019.