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CL&P to vote on contract

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Workers at Connecticut Light & Power could be inching closer to a possible strike, as they begin voting on a new contract offered by the utility on Thursday and Friday.

According to Frank Cirillo, who is the business manager at an International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers local, said that he believes that the workers are likely going to overwhelmingly reject the contract.

Workers said they disagree with the utility on staffing and overtime issues.

If the contract gets rejected, the company will come back to the bargaining table and it will automatically authorize a strike, according to the union.

More workers will vote on the contract Friday.

The results of the vote will be given to the company on Tuesday and then, the federal mediation will occur.

CL&P released the following statement Thursday afternoon:

"We've made a good offer that maintains comprehensive wage and benefits packages while protecting our customers from rising costs. In terms of staffing, we have the number of crews we need for the amount of work we have and add more for storms. We greatly value the work of our employees and look forward to reaching a contract agreement." 

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