Denali Park drivers authorize strike

Posted: Wednesday, July 23, 2008

ANCHORAGE - Bus drivers in Denali National Park voted to authorize a strike in a long-running dispute with employer Doyon/Aramark over pay rates and unpaid wages.

The 110-2 vote authorizes a strike should negotiations reach an impasse.

In May, an arbitrator found that the drivers weren't being paid at the rate required under federal law, and the drivers union said Doyon/Aramark hasn't compensated the drivers for that lost pay.

Rick Boyles, president of Teamsters Local 959, said the wage contract between the drivers and Doyon/Aramark expired Feb. 1, and negotiations have been unsuccessful so far.

He said drivers are "fond of the park" and don't want to strike, but will do so "if that's what it takes to get the final issues resolved."

An Aramark representative wouldn't discuss details of the negotiations.

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