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Long Island Power Workers Strike Last-Minute Deal With National Grid

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Charlie Neibergall
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AP

A union of Long Island power workers avoided going on strike by approving a last-minute contract with their employer, National Grid.

The four-year contract negotiated promises a 3% wage increase and layoff protections for the over 1,100 workers. The agreement also maintains the workers retirement and healthcare benefits.

It passed with 93% of the membership’s vote.

Weeks of negotiations involving a federal mediator resulted in the final contract in mid-February. If the contract hadn’t been ratified, the union had voted to go on strike.

Union workers have been operating on an extension of their previous contract.