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Seventy employees asked to leave Consolidated Communications in Portland

Seventy full-time employees at Consolidated Communications are being asked to voluntarily leave the company over the next three years. (WGME)

PORTLAND (WGME) – Seventy full-time employees at Consolidated Communications are being asked to voluntarily leave the company over the next three years.

This news comes just days after union workers approved a new contract with the company.

This directly affects those union employees who are represented by America Local 1400.

The union president of America Local 1400, which is one of two unions that represents workers, says right now the company represents 128 full-time employees at Consolidated Communications in locations such as Portland, Bangor and Manchester, New Hampshire.

Of the 128 employees, the company is asking 70 people to voluntarily leave over the next three years.

If that doesn't happen, the company could officially lay people off.

On Friday, a severance package will be offered to all employees, including the option of receiving $30,000 in an HRA or cash, and up to 18 weeks of severance pay.

Also, those eligible to retire in two years would be able to retire now.

Union reps say employees affected were notified about this a few weeks ago, and apparently the company is looking to make changes to not only eliminate employees, but change locations.

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