Striking paperworkers, facing a loss of union support and strike pay, have decided to end their bitter 16-month walkout against International Paper Co., but hard feelings appeared likely to remain.

"I don't like this at all," said John Chouinard, an instrument technician and one of the 3,500 workers involved in the strike that affected International Paper plants in four states. "In fact, if I can find something else decent in the area I'm not going back."The company welcomed the end to the walkout Monday but said it would only hire back union members as openings became available in its force of replacement workers hired during the strike.