For Immediate Release: November 18, 2016
Peter McLaughlin, Chair, IBEW System Council T9, and Don Trementozzi, President, CWA Local 1400, issued the following statement.
Portland, ME—We were extremely disheartened to learn yesterday–just one week before Thanksgiving–that FairPoint Communications of Northern New England plans to eliminate 153 positions in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.
This latest attack on FairPoint workers is just one more example of the company’s complete disregard for its workforce and its customers. These same workers helped bring the company back from bankruptcy in 2011 after a disastrous acquisition in 2008. Since the major layoff in 2015, those workers who remained have been asked to do more with less time and time again, and our customers are the ones who suffer. But the Wall Street owners of this company have always had one strategy, to cut costs and maximize their profits no matter the impact on our communities.
We plan to fight hard for every single job. FairPoint workers proved during a historic 131-day strike in the winter of 2014-15 that we are united and will stand up for good jobs and quality service in our communities. Nothing has changed.
Our unions have scheduled meetings with the company early next week and will provide updates at www.fairnessatfairpoint.com.
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) System Council T9 includes local unions in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont and represents more than 1,400 employees at FairPoint Communications. The Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 1400 represents 150 FairPoint employees in the three states. For more information, visit www.fairnessatfairpoint.com.