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Internet company, unions reach tentative contract deal, averting strike

PORTLAND, Maine — About 1,000 Consolidated Communications workers across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont are going to begin voting this week on tentative contract agreements that were reached late Saturday, averting a potential strike.

Union officials said agreements with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and Communications Workers of America protect jobs, maintain affordable health care and provide enhanced retirement benefits.

But a small number of call center jobs could be moved out of the region, causing alarm for workers concerned about job security.

Jim Feeney Jr., a technician based in Bangor, said he was concerned for the call center jobs, which he said need to stay in New England.

“If they move the jobs, then all of the benefits in the world don’t matter,” he said Sunday. “Job security is the most important thing.”

To read the rest of “Internet company, unions reach tentative contract deal, averting strike,” an article by contributing staff writer David Sharp of the Associated Press, please follow this link to the BDN online.

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