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Consolidated Unions To Vote This Week On Pacts

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Unions representing about 1,000 Consolidated Communications workers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont are going to be voting in a matter of days on tentative contract agreements.

Officials don't have a precise timeline but say workers represented by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and Communications Workers will be casting tallies this week.

The tentative agreement was reached late Saturday.

Union negotiators said the three-year agreements protect jobs, maintain affordable health care and provides enhanced retirement benefits. There also are some incentives for early retirements for some workers. But workers remain concerned about jobs being moving to other states.

Illinois-based Consolidated purchased FairPoint last year. Consolidated provides telephone and broadband internet in northern New England. It also operates in 21 other states.

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