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Striking FairPoint Workers To Vote On New Contract

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New Hampshire FairPoint workers who have been on strike since October will vote on a new labor agreement Saturday. Ratification meetings will take place in both Manchester and Portsmouth.

Vermont workers cast their on Friday; Maine workers will follow suit on Sunday.

The new agreement comes after more than a month of negotiations led by a federal mediator.

Union representatives say ratification of the contract will be announced Sunday night. If successful, more than 1,700 striking workers could be back to work as early as next week.

In a joint statement issued Thursday, the two sides declined to give details of the tentative deal, but said the agreements “will address, in meaningful and constructive ways, the objectives of the parties.”

FairPoint had said its labor costs were much higher than industry standards, while the unions had said they were being asked to give up too much in a company-imposed contract last summer.

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