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Ferry workers' strike brings travel disruptions


August 1, 2019

Caleb Vierkant / Petersburg Pilot

Among the many travelers who found their plans disrupted by the ferry workers' strike was a group of over 40 Wrangell kids and adults, who were in Juneau for a church camp. They were able to make their way back home on Thursday, July 25, thanks to a rerouted Alaska Airlines flight.

With approximately 400 members of the Inlandboatmen's Union going on strike last Wednesday, July 24, operations of the Alaska Marine Highway System have come to a halt. Without ferry services, many people across the state, especially in Southeast Alaska, found themselves stranded. In the communities of Wrangell and Petersburg, many people are facing disruptions to their schedules, families, and work.


Several of Wrangell's children and adults attending a church camp in Juneau were stranded when the ferry workers' strike kicked off. Kem Haggard, with Harbor Light Assembly of God, sa...

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