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 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: