Emera Maine and a union representing about 175 of the utility’s employees ratified a new contract Thursday.

The votes of members in Bangor and Presque Isle closed out negotiations that extended to about 2 a.m. Wednesday morning, two hours after the midnight expiration of the union’s previous five-year deal.

Dick Rogers, business manager for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers 1837, confirmed the conclusion of the votes late Thursday. He was not immediately available Friday to discuss the terms at issue in the negotiations.

Rogers declined to discuss the specific terms earlier in the week, pending votes from the union’s members.

The contract was the first negotiated by the union since Bangor Hydro Electric Co. and Maine Public Service merged, becoming Emera Maine.

The union represents about 1,600 members in Maine and New Hampshire, including at Central Maine Power Co., Public Service of New Hampshire and WGME-TV 13.

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Darren Fishell

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