As Cato Closes in on New England, FairPoint Struggles with Service Issues

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, November 26 CONTACT: Amy Masciola, 202-285-6955, amy.masciola@gmail.com Complaints from FairPoint customers have spiked since telecom company provoked 41-day-old strike Some FairPoint customers in Maine have been without service since Nor’easter of November 2nd FairPoint strikers say company’s attack on skilled workers is hurting region; workers calling for Fair Deal for New England PRESS AVAILABILITY: One-on-one interviews … Read More

In Midst of FairPoint Strike, Unnamed Company Luring Telecom Workers to New England with $300,000 Offer

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, November 24 CONTACT: Jim McNeill, 202-213-1614, Jim@FairnessAtFairpoint.com In “confidential” job posting on Monster.com, unidentified company offering telecom workers $5,000-$6,000 a week to come to New England Job ad appears more than a month into strike in which FairPoint has struggled to provide service with unqualified contractors The ad offers a wage that’s more than three times … Read More

FairPoint Strikers Hold Two Thursday Actions: Montpelier Rally, Boston Protest

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, November 20 CONTACT: Jim McNeill, 202-213-1614, Jim@FairnessAtFairpoint.com IBEW President Edwin D. Hill headlines major rally in Montpelier; strikers and allies target FairPoint’s biggest shareholder in Boston Strike by 1,700 FairPoint workers for good jobs and quality service becoming national story as walkout enters its second month Officials in Vermont and elsewhere report that customer complaints against … Read More

FairPoint Refuses to Compromise at Meeting in Boston

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For Immediate Release: Tuesday, November 18 Contact: Jim McNeill, 202-213-1614, Jim@FairnessAtFairpoint.com Telecom company officials refuse to modify demands at Tuesday meeting arranged by a federal mediator In more than six months of talks, FairPoint officials have never moved from their initial demand for $700 million in crippling cuts. FairPoint workers have offered more than $200 million in cost-saving compromises since … Read More

Vermont State Legislators Issue Strong Letter to FairPoint CEO Backing Strikers

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For Immediate Release: Monday, November 17 Contact: Jim McNeill, 202-213-1614, Jim@FairnessAtFairpoint.com Vermont State Legislators Issue Strong Letter to FairPoint CEO Backing Strikers Legislative Working Vermonters’ Caucus sends letter to FairPoint CEO Paul H. Sunu warning of action in 2015 if strike still unresolved The 36-member caucus highlights FairPoint’s history of broken promises to Vermont on good jobs and investment Letter … Read More

Union Picket Lines Stay Strong as FairPoint Stock Price Tumbles

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For Immediate Release: Monday, November 10 Contact: Jim McNeill, 202-213-1614, Jim@FairnessAtFairpoint.com FairPoint stock plunged more than 10% at the end of last week after the company acknowledged strike’s adverse effect in its latest earnings report One day before drop, key financial analyst cited strikers’ continuing strength, warning of “significant negative impact” from “unsettled labor conditions” FairPoint strikers maintained momentum Saturday … Read More

FairPoint CEO’s “Confidence” in Strike Contingency Plans Contradicted by Serious Service Problems

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For Immediate Release: Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014 Contact: Jim McNeill, C 202-213-1614, Jim@FairnessAtFairpoint.com In FairPoint’s just-released earnings report, CEO Sunu attempts to gloss over service disruptions plaguing the company’s customers FairPoint’s own analysis shows incoming calls surged 250% in strike’s first week; this week Vt. officials threatened to probe company’s poor service FairPoint Communications attempted to quell investor concerns today … Read More

Over 100 N.H. Candidates Sign Strong Statement Supporting FairPoint Workers

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The New Hampshire AFL-CIO made support for FairPoint workers a key part of its endorsement process during this year’s elections. See the full list of Granite State candidates who signed the strong statement below: “As an elected official or a candidate for office in New Hampshire that has been endorsed by the New Hampshire AFL-CIO, I support the FairPoint workers … Read More

Mediator Bringing FairPoint Back to Bargaining Nov. 18 as Service Disruptions Mount During Strike

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For Immediate Release: Tuesday, Nov. 4 Contact: Jim McNeill, 202-213-1614, Jim@FairnessAtFairpoint.com Telecom company’s return to the bargaining table comes as customer complaints spike across northern New England FairPoint workers are encouraged by the announcement and will continue to strike for good jobs and quality service Representatives of striking FairPoint workers will meet with officials from FairPoint Communications on Nov. 18 … Read More