Buses break down in mechanics' strike

Posted: Monday, July 06, 2009

ANCHORAGE - At least eight tourist buses broke down over the weekend at Denali National Park, striking union members said.

Larry Bell, a spokesman for International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1547, said eight buses were out of service Saturday and two more Sunday morning. The service garage lot was full, he said.

The union represents mechanics, radio technicians and warehouse workers employed by Doyon-Aramark, the park concessionaire. A strike began Wednesday after six months of wage and pension talks.

Bell said Denali has about 120 buses. Bus service is important because there is only one road into the park.

On Saturday, park spokeswoman Kris Fister said there had been no letup in the stream of visitors, and substitute mechanics had been hired.

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