Update for Our Friends and Allies: FairPoint Workers Frozen Out

Amy MasciolaMobilizationLeave a Comment

10-15-14

Dear friends,

We’re writing to update you on the latest events in our continuing fight for a fair contract for workers and quality service for FairPoint customers in northern New England.

  • This week FairPoint froze the pensions of nearly 2,000 employees who build, maintain, and service vital telecommunications infrastructure throughout Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.
  • Last month, the company stopped providing retiree health care and support for child and elder care.
  • Soon, a new health care plan will go into effect that will cost hundreds of dollars more per month and provide less coverage for workers and their families.

Manchester quartet with signsThese drastic measures are happening even as we continue to ask the company to resume negotiations in good faith. It’s already been 50 days since FairPoint walked away from the bargaining table, imposing the terms and conditions of its final offer and declaring that the company now has the right to outsource our jobs to foreign and out-of-state contractors. FairPoint’s plans are not good for working families and they are terrible for our customers, all of whom deserve a 21st-century telecommunications infrastructure.

Our resolve to keep fighting has never wavered; in fact, it’s grown stronger. We continue to reject FairPoint’s decision to take the low road and outsource our future.

We need your support more than ever.

trio with signs and balloonEvery Thursday morning, at sites across the region, we are rallying and engaging in informational picketing to spread the word and pressure FairPoint to negotiate. Please join us on the picket lines if there is a location convenient to you. The list of confirmed locations and times is at fairnessatfairpoint.com/picketing-locations/.

In the coming days and weeks, we expect more intense pressure from the company. Our leadership could call a strike at any time, and if that happens, we will ask for your help.

We are deeply grateful for the support you’ve expressed already. Please continue to follow us online at FairnessatFairpoint.com and on Facebook at facebook.com/fairnessatfairpoint. We’ll update you on the latest developments, and let you know how you can remain involved.

We couldn’t do this without you.

In Solidarity,
Fairness@FairPoint