BETHLEHEM, Pa. — The peeps who make marshmallow Peeps are back at work.

The union representing 400 striking workers at Just Born Quality Confections in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, says workers are returning Friday. They went on strike Sept. 7 from the company that makes 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.

VIAThe Associated Press
The AP is one of the largest and most trusted sources of independent newsgathering. AP is neither privately owned nor government-funded; instead, as a not-for-profit news cooperative owned by its American newspaper and broadcast members, it can maintain its single-minded focus on newsgathering and its commitment to the highest standards of objective, accurate journalism.