Support for FairPoint Workers Grows Among NNE Elected Representatives

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FairPoint workers are seeing strong and growing support from all corners of Northern New England as word of FairPoint’s job cuts and planned sale to Consolidated Communications spreads. Union leaders continue to fight the elimination of dozens of positions, announced in late November. Many organizations and elected officials are speaking out, urging Consolidated Communications to stop the planned job cuts and demonstrate that the company … Read More

FairPoint Workers Picket Portland Headquarters to Protest Company’s Refusal to Compromise on Layoffs

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For Immediate Release: June 18, 2015 Contact: Amy Masciola, 202-285-6955, amy.masciola@gmail.com Workers Say Drastic Cuts Will Further Erode Service Quality PORTLAND, ME — Members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and Communications Workers of America (CWA) who work for FairPoint Communications conducted informational picketing at company headquarters on Davis Farm Road in Portland today to protest the company’s … Read More

Member Update for June 2, 2015

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Leaders of the IBEW locals in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont met with company representatives in Manchester today. We have not concluded an agreement yet. Our proposals are designed to reduce the surplus and increase vacancies within the company. We received a preliminary vacancy list from the company. Seniority is still in dispute because of our disagreement about members’ lost … Read More

Solidarity Days: June 2-3, 2015

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Leaders of the IBEW locals in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont will meet with the company again tomorrow, June 2. CWA leaders will meet with the company on Wednesday, June 3. As we explained last week, our goal is to reduce the surplus and create more vacancies and opportunities for movement within the company, among other things. Although we have … Read More

Member Update for May 26, 2015

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Leaders of IBEW locals in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont met with company representatives in Manchester, NH, today. Our goal was to present proposals to the company that would reduce the surplus and create more vacancies and opportunities for movement within the company. We had an energetic exchange of ideas; however, we have not reached any agreement yet. Although we … Read More

Member Update for May 19, 2015

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We understand that many of you are angry and anxious after the company announced Friday that it will surplus approximately 214 positions across Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont (209 NNE and 5 Telcom positions). In an effort to provide as much accurate and timely information as possible, we will be sending you frequent updates over the coming weeks. Contract Publication … Read More

FairPoint Announces Layoff of More Than 10% of Northern New England Workforce

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For immediate release: May 15, 2015 Contact: Amy Masciola, 202-285-6955, amy.masciola@gmail.com Unions Say Cuts Will Further Erode Service Quality AUGUSTA, ME — FairPoint Communications announced today that it will lay off 219 employees in its northern New England operations, which represents more than 10% of its workforce in the region. Members of both the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) … Read More