Union Leaders Cautiously Optimistic About Sale of FairPoint to Illinois-Based Consolidated Communications

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For immediate release, December 5, 2016 Portland, ME—Leaders of unions representing telecom workers in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont responded to the announcement by Consolidated Communications Holdings Inc. that it plans to purchase FairPoint Communications in 2017. The sale is subject to approval by both companies’ shareholders and state regulators. “It’s clear that the ill-advised sale of Verizon to FairPoint … 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

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

Union Members Ratify New Agreements With FairPoint

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AUGUSTA, ME—After three days of voting, IBEW and CWA members in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont have ratified tentative agreements with FairPoint Communications. The new agreements protect good jobs and ensure quality telecommunications service for New England communities. “This is great news for our members, their families, and our communities,” said Peter McLaughlin, chair of the union bargaining committee and … Read More

FairPoint, IBEW, AND CWA REACH TENTATIVE AGREEMENTS

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February 19, 2015 FairPoint Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq: FRP); System Council T-9 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (AFL-CIO) Locals 2320, 2326, and 2327; and the Communications Workers of America (AFL-CIO) Local 1400 are pleased to announce that today they have reached tentative agreements on the terms for new collective bargaining agreements. The Company and the Unions agree that the … Read More

FMCS Joint Statement on Behalf of IBEW, CWA, and FairPoint

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January 24, 2015 WASHINGTON, D.C. — Allison Beck, Acting Director of the U.S. Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS), issued the following statement today on behalf of FairPoint Communications, Inc., the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), and the Communications Workers of America (CWA): “FairPoint Communications, Inc., the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Council T-9 and the Communications Workers of … Read More

Federal Mediation Announcements

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UPDATE: January 5, 2015 WASHINGTON, D.C. — Allison Beck, Acting Director of the U.S. Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS), issued the following statement today on the labor negotiations between the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and FairPoint Communications Inc.: “The mediation is continuing under the auspices of the FMCS.” As is Agency … Read More

Union Leaders Issue Statements on NLRB Decision

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For immediate release: December 30, 2014 Contact: Amy Masciola, 202-285-6955, amy.masciola@gmail.com Reaffirm commitment to fair treatment for workers, good service for customers In response to the Region 1 National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) decision to dismiss unfair labor practice charges the unions filed against FairPoint, union leaders issued the following statements: “While disappointing, the NLRB’s decision is not surprising,” said … Read More

FairPoint Strikers Going Caroling at House of Top Maine Executive

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, December 23, 2:30 p.m. CONTACT: Jim McNeill, 202-213-1614, Jim@FairnessAtFairpoint.com FairPoint strikers going Christmas caroling today at the home of Mike Reed, the company’s state president in Maine The workers hope for a Christmas miracle, but have lumps of coal as stocking stuffers just in case FairPoint looking increasingly like a lonely Scrooge as public support surges … Read More

New Hampshire Pulls FairPoint State Contract; Unions Comment

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, December 23, 2014 CONTACT: Jim McNeill, 202-213-1614, Jim@FairnessAtFairpoint.com New Hampshire refused to approve a $13 million contract with FairPoint to provide phone and Internet service to the state N.H. move comes less than a week after Maine U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree raised questions about FairPoint’s fitness to fulfill government contracts Widespread service outages have plagued FairPoint … Read More