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Enstar strikers will return to work

By KTVA CBS 11 News 5:06 PM August 27, 2014

After more than two weeks, Enstar Natural Gas Co. employees voted to end their strike and will return to work Thursday.

Dozens of employees, who are part of the United Association Plumbers and Steamfitters Union Local 367, voted to end their protest without getting a new contract, said Chuck Dunnagan, the union’s attorney.

Wednesday morning, the union made an offer for the employees striking to return to work, Dunnagan said. Enstar accepted the offer at 4:59 p.m., said Greg Walker, union business manager. Employees will return to work Thursday.

More than 100 workers around Southcentral Alaska have been off the job since Aug. 11. Local 367 and the natural gas company had been trying to come to an agreement on contracts for months leading up to the strike. Negotiations fell apart after Enstar refused to compromise on their employee pension plans, the union said.

Union reps say staying out of work was not having the effect they wanted, so employees decided to head back to their jobs and continue the fight for a new contract.

Requests for a comment from Enstar were not answered early Wednesday evening.

–This is a developing story. 

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