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

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 unwillingness to compromise on significant issues during talks about the recently announced layoff of more than 10% of the northern New England workforce.

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Member Update for May 19, 2015

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.

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

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) and the Communications Workers of America (CWA) in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont will be affected.

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FairPoint Announces Surplus Positions

We were extremely disappointed and disheartened to learn today that the company has announced a surplus of approximately 260 positions across 17 states. Please note, we anticipate the number surplussed in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont to be fewer than 260.

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Bargaining News

Bargaining Update:

Bargaining is in full swing now for FairPoint Telcom workers whose contract expires on Monday, April 4. In a petition signed and delivered this week, members called on Executive Vice President Peter Nixon to reach an agreement that includes affordable healthcare and reasonable wage increases.

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Update on Federal Mediation

Leaders of our bargaining team are currently engaged in negotiations with company representatives under the auspices of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS). While the process is ongoing, the director of the FMCS, Allison Beck, has imposed a gag order on all parties. Therefore, we cannot discuss any details of the process. Of course, we understand many of you are frustrated by the lack of information. We ask for your trust and your patience.

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Mediator Brings FairPoint Back to Bargaining Nov 18th as Service Disruptions Mount During Stike

Our union leaders will meet with FairPoint negotiators on November 18th in Boston. Since the strike began on October 17th, a federal mediator has been communicating with both sides in an effort to jump start talks.

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We’re Mobilizing

Health Coverage Update for FairPoint Workers

We fully expect the company to cut off health insurance coverage 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 on for details about COBRA health coverage.

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Update for All Members
Today your union leaders met with FairPoint company representatives. The company refuses to compromise. We now have no choice but to strike. As of 12:01 a.m. October 17th, we are on strike.

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An Update for Our Friends and Allies
We’re writing to update you on the latest events in our continuing fight for a fair contract for workers and quality service for FairPoint customers in northern New England.

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Update on Unfair Labor Practices Charges and NLRB
Last week, the Director of the NLRB Region 1 notified our unions that he would dismiss two of the ULP charges that we filed against FairPoint prior to expiration of our contracts. The unions have decided to appeal those decisions to the General Counsel of the NLRB.

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