Support for FairPoint Workers Grows Among NNE Elected Representatives

Shelley SperryCommunity Support, Layoffs, Sale of FairPointLeave a Comment

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.

Peter McLaughlin, Business Manager at IBEW Local 2327, Troy Jackson, ME State Senate, and Peter Keefe, President IBEW Local 2327 gather to support Fairpoint workers.

Peter McLaughlin, Business Manager at IBEW Local 2327; Troy Jackson, Maine State Senate; and Peter Keefe, President of IBEW Local 2327 gather to support FairPoint workers.

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 cares about the communities it will soon serve, if the sale is approved.

A letter jointly presented to Consolidated from U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and U.S. Representative Peter Welch (D-VT), sums up the feeling of all those who are standing behind FairPoint workers right now:

Cutting front line workers makes no sense at a time when FairPoint continues to struggle with significant customer service issues. Moreover, it is particularly callous for FairPoint to destroy the livelihoods of loyal workers just as the cold weather approaches and families prepare to celebrate the holiday season. These workers helped build the company’s value, yet they are being discarded as collateral damage of this sale.

We urge you to reverse FairPoint’s decision and send the clear message that Consolidated values its workers and the communities in which the company operates.

Take a look at some of the powerful letters and resolutions of support from around the region:

Letter from Senator Angus King of Maine

Letter from Senator Sanders and Congressman Welch of Vermont

Letter from New Hampshire Governor Hassan

Letter from Maine House and Senate Leaders

Letter from New Hampshire Senate Democrats

Letter from New Hampshire House Democratic Caucus

Resolution from the City of Manchester, NH

Letter to CEO Udell from International Vice President of IBEW Michael Monahan

Resolution from the Southern Maine Labor Council

Resolution from the Maine AFL-CIO

Resolution from the Western Maine Labor Council