Union votes to end strike against Enstar

ANCHORAGE (AP) — Employees of Enstar Natural Gas Co. will end their strike.

The attorney for the union representing plumbers and steamfitters told KTVA that dozens of employees voted to stop the strike without getting a new contract. The company would have to accept the offer of employees returning to work on Friday.

More than 100 workers across southcentral Alaska went on strike Aug. 11. The strike came after union members claim Enstar was attempting to cut health benefits and pension plans.

Union officials say the strike didn’t have the effect they wanted, so employees decided to return to the workplace, where they will continue to negotiate for a new contract.