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NIMO WORKERS VOTING ON PACT

The outcome of voting by unionized electrical workers at Niagara Mohawk will be announced today, a union official said.

Resistance to a proposed 32-month labor agreement has surfaced all week at union meetings, and officials from Local 97 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers said Friday they could not predict the vote's outcome.

"It's hard to say right now. Cooler heads might prevail, but so far it's been really, really rough meetings. . . . It's still up in the air," said Thomas Primero, Local 97's president and business manager who has recommended approval.

The new contract includes 3 percent pay raises during each of the first two years and a 2.5 percent raise the third year. Local 97 represents approximately 4,800 workers, about two-thirds of the utility work force.

The union represents employees including line maintenance and repair workers. If the contract is rejected, union leaders will have until midnight Tuesday to work out an agreement or call a strike, Primero said.

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