Petitioning FairPoint: Time for a fair contract

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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. Unfortunately, the company has already rejected several of the bargaining team’s proposals and offered a … Read More

Update on Unemployment Insurance for Maine Members

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June 8, 2015—We got some good news today for members in Maine. The Maine Department of Labor Bureau of Unemployment Compensation, issued its decision regarding our appeal for unemployment insurance (UI). The Chief Administrative Hearing Officer found that there was no “stoppage of work” during our strike, and therefore members of IBEW Local 2327 and CWA Local 1400 who applied … Read More

Member Update for June 2, 2015

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Leaders of the IBEW locals in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont met with company representatives in Manchester today. We have not concluded an agreement yet. Our proposals are designed to reduce the surplus and increase vacancies within the company. We received a preliminary vacancy list from the company. Seniority is still in dispute because of our disagreement about members’ lost … Read More

Solidarity Days: June 2-3, 2015

Shelley SperryLayoffs, Member Update, MobilizationLeave a Comment

Leaders of the IBEW locals in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont will meet with the company again tomorrow, June 2. CWA leaders will meet with the company on Wednesday, June 3. As we explained last week, our goal is to reduce the surplus and create more vacancies and opportunities for movement within the company, among other things. Although we have … Read More

Member Update for May 26, 2015

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Leaders of IBEW locals in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont met with company representatives in Manchester, NH, today. Our goal was to present proposals to the company that would reduce the surplus and create more vacancies and opportunities for movement within the company. We had an energetic exchange of ideas; however, we have not reached any agreement yet. Although we … Read More

Member Update for May 19, 2015

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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. Contract Publication … Read More