HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Private security guards who work in several state office buildings in Hartford, Conn. voted Wednesday to authorize a possible strike, saying their employer has failed to make pension contributions required by a state contract.

In an announcement at the state Capitol, the workers said that a majority of the approximately 50 affected guards agreed to authorize a strike, if necessary. The final vote tally was not yet available.

"We are ready to strike if need be," said Matt Anderson, one of the guards. "We are ready to take unprecedented measures to stand for what is right."

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