Company submits its opening comprehensive proposal

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FROM THE BARGAINING TEAM: As anticipated, the company gave us their opening offer today and it’s as bad as we expected. Freezing of all pensions; The elimination of job security language; Unlimited ability to contract out all bargaining unit work; The elimination of retiree health care; The elimination of all existing benefit plans, in favor of high-cost, low-quality benefit plans; … Read More

Bargaining opening statement

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Joint statement from Peter McLaughlin, IBEW System Council T-9 President, and Don Trementozzi, CWA Local 1400 President, on the start of bargaining with FairPoint As we open bargaining today, the IBEW and the CWA understand that both the Union and the Company must resolve many issues before our current agreement expires Saturday, August 2nd at Midnight. The new contract must … Read More

2320 BM Glenn Brackett testifies in favor of HB1314

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Supporters of a bill to protect New Hampshire’s telecom network by studying a public interest standard for the sale or merger of major utilities like FairPoint testified before a New Hampshire Senate panel today. The bill, HB1314, recently passed the New Hampshire House on a unanimous voice vote. IBEW Local 2320 Business Manager Glenn Brackett told the Senate Energy and … Read More

Meet your bargaining team

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IBEW Local 2320 Glenn Brackett Business Manager Glenn has been married thirty years and has three grown children, all of whom are union members. He has worked in telecommunications for 35 years, including the last eleven as Business Manager of 2320. His favorite hobbies are fishing, hiking, camping, and reading. Kevin Cavanaugh Steve Soule IBEW Local 2326 Mike Spillane Business … Read More

Union files ULP

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For immediate release: April 3, 2014 Contact: Peter McLaughlin, 207-329-1468, petemclaughlin@ibew2327.org FairPoint Communications Charged With Violating Federal Labor Law Union Workers Say Company’s Unilateral Decision will Hurt Consumers Augusta, ME—On April 3, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) System Council T-9, which represents nearly 1,700 workers across Northern New England, filed charges of unfair labor practices with the National … Read More

Members rally at Maine House to support Raise the Bar Bill

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Union employees of FairPoint Communications converged on the Maine State House Tuesday to rally in support of LD 1761, the Raise the Bar Bill. LD 1761 will ensure that the Maine Public Utilities Commission gives a closer look at any future mergers or acquisitions of large telecom utilities, like the 2007 Verizon-FairPoint merger. With strong support of IBEW Local 2327 … Read More

Tell Bill Prins: Negotiate with IBEW before changing I&M tours

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Brothers and sisters, As many of you have already heard, yesterday, without any notice to our union, the company informed us that on April 21st it plans to substantially change the schedules of the I&M workforce. In a letter to William Prins, Vice President of Labor Relations, we have demanded that the company immediately cease and desist and negotiate with our union … Read More