Federal Mediation Announcements

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UPDATE: January 5, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Allison Beck, Acting Director of the U.S. Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS), issued the following statement today on the labor negotiations between the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and FairPoint Communications Inc.:

“The mediation is continuing under the auspices of the FMCS.”

As is Agency practice, the FMCS is not releasing additional information regarding meeting dates and locations. In addition, the FMCS will have no further comment at this time regarding the status or substance of the negotiations.

Full statement is here.

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For immediate release: January 2, 2015
Contact: Amy Cookson, 207-620-4381, arcookson@gmail.com

AUGUSTA—Today the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) announced that leaders of IBEW and CWA and representatives of FairPoint Communications would meet on Sunday, January 4, at the FMCS office in Washington, D.C. to resume negotiations for a new contract under the auspices of the federal mediator. [See the FMCS announcement below.]

Union leaders issued the following statements:

“We appreciate the federal mediator’s work to bring the two sides together,” said Peter McLaughlin, chair of the unions’ bargaining committee and Business Manager of IBEW Local 2327 in Maine. “This is a positive step and we look forward to resuming negotiations with FairPoint. It’s time to reach a fair deal for working families and communities in New England.”

“We hope FairPoint will come to the meeting prepared to make the compromises necessary to reach a fair deal that preserves good jobs in New England and ensures the quality service that our customers need and deserve,” said Don Trementozzi, President of CWA Local 1400.

“We welcome this development and are hopeful the mediation leads to an agreement that’s good for our members, our customers, and the future health of the company,” said Glenn Brackett, Business Manager of IBEW Local 2320 in New Hampshire. “We have been willing to compromise from the beginning, but it takes two to negotiate.”

“This strike has been hard for our members and for thousands of customers who’ve had to endure long outages and frustrating wait times for repairs as FairPoint’s contingency workers have failed to keep up with our winter weather,” said Mike Spillane, Business Manager of IBEW Local 2326 in Vermont. “We appreciate the mediator’s efforts to bring the two sides together. We are ready to find common ground for the good of our communities.”

The federal mediation process requires that negotiators on both sides will not be allowed to disclose any information about the negotiations once they begin on January 4.

The two unions representing 1,800 workers in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont began negotiations for a new contract with FairPoint in April. Negotiations ended on August 27 and the company imposed the terms and conditions of its final offer on August 28. Union workers went on strike on October 17.

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) System Council T-9 includes local unions in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont and represents nearly 1,700 employees at FairPoint Communications. The Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 1400 represents nearly 300 FairPoint employees in the three states. For more information, visit www.FairnessAtFairpoint.com.

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For Immediate Release: Friday, January 2, 2015

FMCS Statement on Labor Negotiations
Between the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW),
The Communications Workers of America (CWA),
And FairPoint Communications Inc.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Allison Beck, Acting Director of the U.S. Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS), issued the following statement today on the labor negotiations between the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and FairPoint Communications Inc.:

“In response to a request from the FMCS, representatives of IBEW, CWA and FairPoint Communications Inc. will meet under FMCS auspices in Washington, D.C. FMCS has assigned a team of experienced mediators to assist the parties in reaching mutually acceptable agreements to resolve the work stoppage begun on October 17, 2014.”

As is Agency practice, the FMCS is not releasing additional information regarding meeting dates and locations. In addition, the FMCS will have no further comment at this time regarding the status or substance of the negotiations.

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The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, created in 1947, is an independent U.S. government agency whose mission is to preserve and promote labor-management peace and cooperation. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with 10 district offices and 67 field offices, the agency provides mediation and conflict resolution services to industry, government agencies and communities.