Wrangell strike unlikely to affect Petersburg much – Alaska News

Wrangell strike unlikely to affect Petersburg much

 

Dan Rudy/ Wrangell Sentinel

A group of workers take up positions outside of Wrangell City Hall on June 20, shortly after calling their strike. Wrangell IBEW members intend to stake out four public sites eight hours a day, five days per week, until a more favorable wage settlement is reached.

Union workers in Wrangell last week staggered into a strike after failed negotiations with the city, leaving Petersburg community members questioning whether their town will experience backlash in its wake.

A concern Power & Light Superintendent Joe Nelson has is with the power ties between the communities, as there is a transmission line that connects Ketchikan, Wrangell and Petersburg. If there are no linemen to fix a broken transmission line in Wrangell then Petersburg could be forced to run on its backup diesel system, which is more expensive, he said.

“Anything major that happens…

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