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 for UI are eligible for payments from October 19, 2014.
Members who applied for UI (claimants) will receive a letter from the Bureau of Unemployment Compensation with the decision. We fully expect FairPoint to appeal this decision. However, the Bureau advises us that claimants will be paid despite any appeal. Each case must now be looked at individually, so this will take a bit of time. We will continue to update you with information about the process and timeline.
Note that if the Bureau’s decision is ultimately reversed, claimants MIGHT have to repay the UI payments depending on a number of factors, including how long the appeal process takes and what the individual’s personal situation is at the time of payment.
If you have any questions after reviewing the documents you receive in the mail from the Bureau, please call the hall or reply to this email message.
Business Manager, IBEW Local 2327
President, CWA Local 1400