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HDI contract approved after months of negotiating

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Protesters in front of Hartford Distributors in Manchester this past June. (WFSB photo) Protesters in front of Hartford Distributors in Manchester this past June. (WFSB photo)
MANCHESTER, CT (WFSB) -

It sparked a weeks-long lockout and picketing at the beginning of the summer.

Now, contract negotiations between Hartford Distributors in Manchester and its employees union have officially ended.

According to union representatives Christopher Roos, both sides approved the contract on Saturday.

Roos said drivers will receive a 5 percent raise every year for five years.

There's also no co-payment for health insurance.

Roos said the union is still working with the company on how to make loading and unloading trucks less strenuous.

"Everyone is happy to get back to work, get things going again and get their lives back to normal," Roos told Eyewitness News.

HDI locked out its workers back in June.

Temporary workers were hired to put out deliveries.

HDI felt at the time that it was offering a good employee package and one thing that was stalling negotiations was vacation time.

It has not yet issued a comment about the agreement on Saturday.

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