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National Grid, unions reach tentative deal, avert strike

National Grid and the Brotherhood of Utility Workers Council averted a threatened strike and came to a tentative agreement late Saturday night, less than three hours before their contract was set to expire.

The electricity and natural gas delivery company will maintain current staffing levels in the region and the more than 1,200 workers in Massachusetts and Rhode Island represented in negotiations will get a 2.5 percent raise each year under the terms of the tentative four-year deal, according to Dan Hurley, the president of the Brotherhood of Utility Workers Council.

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