Just Born’s ‘peeps’ returning to work; ending strike

Boxes of Marshmallow Peeps are lined up at the Just Born factory in Bethlehem, Pa., on April 2, 2003. (AP Photo/Rick Smith)

BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) – The peeps who make Peeps are back at work.

The union representing 400 striking workers at Just Born Quality Confections in Bethlehem says workers were returning Friday. They went on strike Sept. 7 from the company that makes marshmallow Peeps as well as Mike and Ike candies.

The union offered to return to work Thursday, a day after the company filed a federal lawsuit claiming the strike violated a no-strike provision of a contract that expired June 18. The company says the no-strike clause was still in effect until Sept. 18 under a contract extension, but the union says it expired with the contract.

Whatever the case, union president Hank McKay says the workers decided to return after recent progress on a new contract. Talks will continue Oct. 13.

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