Union workers for Progress Energy on Wednesday overwhelmingly voted down a new contract. The members of five local unions, which together represent the St. Petersburg utility's workers, voted 982 to 186, according to the union's Web site. "The company told us at the table that you would realize what a great package this was," business manager Joe Adams wrote to union members. "Well, I got the message loud and clear over the past few days and it was verified tonight with these results." The union contract expires Feb. 19. The union represents dispatchers, meter readers, line men and power plant workers. Progress Energy spokeswoman Suzanne Grant declined to comment on the specific contract terms. "We believe the contract was a fair and balanced offer, and we're disappointed that as proposed it was rejected," Grant said.