Early reports indicate that FairPoint Communications has reached an agreement with the two unions representing the company’s unionized workforce to end a more than four-month labor strike.  The company’s 1,700 workers, represented by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the Communications Workers of America, will now vote on whether to ratify the newly-formed deal.

Details of the agreement were not available.  Workers will vote through the weekend on whether to ratify the contract.  Assuming the new agreement is ratified, employees will begin returning to work on Wednesday.

Union and company officials lauded the agreement in a short joint statement:

“The new labor agreements will provide employees with wages and benefits that are among the best in northern New England. At the same time, the agreements permit the company to achieve a much more competitive position in the marketplace,” the statement said.

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