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Union, Eversource and other companies reach a Northern Pass labor deal

Union Leader staff
August 07. 2017 11:23PM



BOSTON — An electrical workers union reached agreement with Eversource and two other companies for the construction of the proposed Northern Pass transmission project.

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers’ Second District announced Monday that it recently finalized a labor agreement with Eversource, Quanta Services Inc., and ABB Inc. that ensures a trained worforce will be used and that there will be apprentice opportunities for the union’s members and other construction trades to build the 192-mile project.

Eversource expects the project to create 2,600 jobs during peak construction, according to the news release. Work on the $1.6 billion project is expected to begin next year. The utility said last month that power will come online by the end 2020, about a year later than previous projections.

The agreement also defines the scope of work that will be open to non-union workers and businesses. That work includes construction of access roads, logging and clearing, trucking and other construction-related activities.


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