Relief Fund to Aid Striking FairPoint Workers in Northern New England

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Some 2,000 telecommunications workers are currently on strike against FairPoint Communications in northern New England. We are members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and Communications Workers of America (CWA), and many of us have been installing, repairing, and expanding phone and Internet service in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont for decades. FairPoint is New England’s largest telecom … Read More

FairPoint’s Bogus Claims of Vandalism a Distraction from Company’s Attack on Good Jobs

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, October 28, 2014 Contact: Amy Masciola, 202-285-6955, amy.masciola@gmail.com Augusta, ME—A little more than one week into a strike by FairPoint’s union workers, the company is struggling to maintain its systems and failing to respond to many customer calls. The company is trying to distract attention from this fact by making bogus insinuations that union members are responsible … Read More

FairPoint Workers Greet Colby Trustee and Hedge Fund Founder Michael Gordon at Colby College

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Media Advisory, October 24, 2014 Contact: Amy Masciola, 202-285-6955, amy.masciola@gmail.com This morning starting at 7:30 am, striking FairPoint workers will be at Colby College entrances to send a message to trustee Michael Gordon, his fellow trustees, students, and the public. This is Trustee Weekend at Colby; meetings begin this morning. Michael Gordon, co-founder of Wall Street hedge fund Angelo, Gordon … Read More

Strike Against FairPoint Continues as Nor’easter Approaches

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, OCTOBER 21, 2014 Contact: Amy Masciola, 202-285-6955, amy.masciola@gmail.com Striking employees fear replacement workers can’t handle complications of looming storm   Tuesday marks the fifth day of a strike against FairPoint Communications by nearly 2,000 members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and the Communications Workers of America (CWA). The strike began last Friday after FairPoint … Read More

Unions Respond to Company Claims of Intimidation and Call Jamming

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, OCTOBER 21, 2014 Contact: Amy Masciola, 202-285-6955, amy.masciola@gmail.com Company Makes Accusations Without Evidence Leaders Say Augusta, ME—Union leaders responded to FairPoint’s public statement suggesting that some unnamed individuals are engaged in “phone jamming activity,” saying that the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the Communications Workers of America are absolutely unaware of any persons or organizations intentionally … Read More

FairPoint Workers Respond to Company Accusations of Sabotage

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, October 24, 2014 Contact: Amy Masciola, 202-285-6955, amy.masciola@gmail.com Company Attempts to Distract Public From Service Quality Issues On Day 8 of the strike against FairPoint Communications, workers on picket lines across northern New England expressed their disgust and disappointment at the company’s accusations of sabotage. They suggested FairPoint is trying to distract the media and the public … Read More

Health Coverage Update

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Although the company does not have to cut off your health insurance coverage, we fully expect them to as of October 31st if we remain on strike. We recommend that all members take advantage of this brief window of opportunity to get medical and dental check ups and fill prescriptions, whatever you need to do while you have good coverage. … Read More

Thank You to All Our Friends

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To all the small businesses, families, community organizations, union brothers and sisters, and individuals who have expressed support in our strike against FairPoint: THANK YOU We expect this battle to be a long one, and we are grateful every single day for all you’ve done to help us stand strong against corporate greed. The company wants to take millions of … Read More

FairPoint Workers in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont On Strike

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, October 16, 2014 Contact: Amy Masciola, 202-285-6955, amy.masciola@gmail.com Unions Say Company Refuses to Compromise to Preserve Reliable Service and Good Jobs Augusta, ME—At 12:01 a.m. on Friday, October 17th, nearly 2,000 employees of FairPoint Communications (FRP) in northern New England will go on strike. Early Friday morning they will establish picket lines at hundreds of work sites … Read More

New Hampshire Governor Weighs in on FairPoint

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, October 17, 2014 New Hampshire Governor Hassan’s Statement on FairPoint Communications Boston, MA—Governor Maggie Hassan today issued the following statement on the strike by FairPoint Communications workers: “The work done by the employees of FairPoint Communications is critical to our state’s communications infrastructure, our public safety systems, and our regional economy, with businesses and consumers across New … Read More