NH News
2:44 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

FairPoint Workers Mark 10th Week Of Strike With Statehouse Rally

Stiking FairPoint workers gathered at the Statehouse plaza Friday.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

FairPoint workers marked the tenth week of their strike with a rally on the Statehouse plaza in Concord Friday.

The workers held signs in protest and weren’t shy about sharing their reaction to a recent statement by FairPoint CEO Paul Sunu accusing the union of not bargaining in good faith.

“If I say ‘Sunu’ you say liar!” said Glenn Brackett, leading the chant.

“Liar!” the crowd of 200 responded.

Brackett is on the union’s negotiating team, and says it’s the company that refuses to consider a fair deal.

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NH News
10:42 am
Thu December 11, 2014

FairPoint: 'Hardware Problem' Caused Outages In New Hampshire, Vermont


FairPoint Communications says a problem that occurred during routine maintenance led to a loss of high-speed Internet service for thousands of customers in Vermont and New Hampshire.

Spokesman Jeff Nevins says the hardware problem knocked out service for all of Vermont and part of New Hampshire on Thursday.

With about 1,800 FairPoint workers on strike in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, a management employee was performing the maintenance late Wednesday on equipment that routes Internet traffic. The first outages were reported early Thursday.

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All Things Considered
4:55 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

As Worker Strike Continues, Fairpoint Comes Under Scrutiny In Vermont

Fairpoint workers rally in Portsmouth, December 5, 2014.
Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

For nearly two months, more than 1,700 workers in northern New England have been off the job at Fairpoint Communications. The strike, they say, will continue until Fairpoint offers them a better contract. Fairpoint says the workers are the ones who need to compromise further.

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NH News
6:13 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Strikers Reject FairPoint Offer To Return To Work

FairPoint workers at a rally in Portland in November 2014
Credit Ibew Fairpoint via Flickr CC

Striking workers say they're not interested in an invitation by FairPoint to return to work in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.

The telecommunications company sent a letter last week to more than 1,700 striking workers explaining its position that the old contract was out of sync with the industry and telling workers that they're welcome to return under terms imposed by the company.

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NH News
2:41 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

No Breakthrough In Meeting Between FairPoint, Striking Workers

FairPoint logo
Credit Via Fairpoint's Facebook page

The first meeting of FairPoint and unions representing workers in northern New England since late August has failed to produce a breakthrough.

Both the company and unions representing more than 1,700 striking workers blamed each other for failing to offer a compromise.

The chairman of the unions' bargaining committee said FairPoint seems intent on running the company into the ground by failing to compromise. Likewise, the company accused the unions of making no proposals "and for that reason the impasse continues."

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10:47 am
Tue November 18, 2014

FairPoint, Striking Workers Return To Negotiating Table

FairPoint Communications and representatives of more than 1,700 striking workers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont are going back to the negotiating table.

A federal mediator asked the telecommunications company and two unions to meet Tuesday in Boston to see if they can find any common ground that could end a strike by more than 1,700 workers.

It's the first meeting since FairPoint declared an impasse in late August.

Workers have now been on strike for a month.

3:51 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

FairPoint Offers Reward For Tips On Vandalized Equipment

FairPoint Communications is asking the public for help to stem recent vandalism against its property, prompting striking workers to deny union members are responsible.

A spokeswoman for FairPoint says the company has investigated eight incidents of vandalism to "key components" of its infrastructure in the nine days since the strike started. The vandalism has been reported to police. The spokeswoman says the company investigated only one such incident in the five prior years.

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NH News
2:09 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Still No End In Sight For Fairpoint Strike

Union picketers in front of Fairpoint in Manchester.
Credit Ryan Lessard / NHPR

  With no meetings scheduled between Fairpoint and union heads, there appears to be no movement to resolve the strike that began last week.

Workers at the Manchester office have been picketing in front of the building around the clock since the strike began Friday. Roughly 250 Manchester employees are among the more than 1,700 workers on strike in New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont.

Kelly Torosian is an IBEW union member and Fairpoint employee who joined the picketers.

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NH News
11:39 am
Fri October 17, 2014

More Than 1,700 FairPoint Workers Go On Strike


FairPoint Communications is assuring telephone and Internet customers that the company has plans in place to deal with the strike by more than 1,700 workers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.

Company spokeswoman Angelynne Amores Beaudry also says this morning the company remains willing to listen to any union proposal that "meaningfully addresses the core issues of these negotiations."

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NH News
4:29 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

FairPoint Union Workers Picket Ahead Of Next Round Of Bargaining

Union workers at FairPoint picketed outside locations in New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont Tuesday morning. This comes as contract negotiations with the company are set to resume Wednesday.

The two sides have been at the bargaining table since April and through the expiration of the workers’ last six-year contract on August second.

New Hampshire union negotiator Glenn Brackett says the company plans to increase health care costs, freeze the pension fund and hire out-of-state contractors without union permission.

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3:47 pm
Sun July 20, 2014

Unions: Preliminary Vote Count Makes Fairpoint Strike Authorization Likely

Unions representing FairPoint Communications workers in northern New England say preliminary vote counts suggest an overwhelming majority of members support authorizing a strike.  Negotiations began in April on a contract that expires Aug. 2. Workers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont recently held meetings to vote on whether to authorize a strike. Voting has finished in Maine and Vermont, but has been extended in New Hampshire due to storm damage.