- Associated Press - Friday, February 13, 2015

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) - A union spokesman for 1,100 gas and power workers on Long Island says a tentative contract has been reached, avoiding a strike.

The spokesman for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1049 says the union has “broken the logjam” in talks with National Grid on Friday. The union said earlier it would strike if no agreement were reached.

Union spokesman Pat Guidice (guh-DEES’) says the agreement provides members with economic stability and security. He says the four-year contract will be voted on by the membership within the next two weeks.

National Grid spokeswoman Wendy Ladd confirmed the agreement. She thanked all the employees who supported the negotiation effort and provide customers with reliable service.

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