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CUPE 1114 members will be off the job for four hours Dec. 10 after Hydro Sherbrooke pulled their monetary offer off the table.

Employer representatives reneged on their wage and benefit proposals in mediated talks this week, claiming the financial crisis had hurt the utility’s pension fund.

“So instead of a settlement, we’re at impasse,” said union reprsentative Charles Paradis. “Our members won’t accept these setbacks and we want to be sure the employer knows that.”

The union has an essential services agreement in place with the employer and residents won’t be affected as union members will still be overseeing the utility’s electrical distribution network and generating stations.