International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers

Union, environmental group seek role in Yankee sale review

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the Conservation Law Foundation cite economic, safety and environmental issues.

Life at an impasse: FairPoint worker misses job but supports strike

Josh Allen of Bradford, one of the FairPoint workers who has been on strike since October, says that he’s been well-compensated for his work but says he’s earned every penny in a job that is both demanding and dangerous.

At Statehouse rally, FairPoint strikers told to ‘stay strong’

As a strike against FairPoint Communications enters its fifth week, the two striking unions held a rally in Montpelier Thursday. The head of a national union appeared in person to urge the workers not to give in.

State steps up FairPoint oversight as strike continues

Slow service response times are an increasing concern as a strike at FairPoint’s Northern New England operations enters its fourth week. State regulators have told FairPoint that if the situation doesn’t improve, an official investigation may be launched.

Welch urges FairPoint back to bargaining table

Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., has written a letter to the CEO of FairPoint Communications, urging him to “promptly” reach a settlement with striking workers. “I strongly urge you to return to the bargaining table in good faith and find common ground with the working men and women of your company,” Welch wrote in a short […]

Sanders urges FairPoint to return to the bargaining table

Over 2,000 employees in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine went on strike Oct. 17 after contract negotiations with the communications employer broke down.

FairPoint workers respond to company accusations of sabotage

On Day 8 of the strike against FairPoint Communications, workers on picket lines across northern New England expressed their disgust and disappointment at the company’s accusations of sabotage.

FairPoint and striking unions spar over misconduct allegations

FairPoint Communications has accused striking workers of jamming the company’s phone lines and harassing replacement workers. The unions representing about 2,000 employees say the allegations are “outrageous and unfounded.” The parties were at odds for months even before contract negotiations began in early 2014. Bargaining fell apart in August, when FairPoint declared an impasse and […]

Custodian of New York state pension fund troubled by FairPoint labor talks

The guardian of the nation’s third-largest public pension fund has voiced concern over FairPoint Communications’ negotiating practices with unionized workers in northern New England. New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is sole trustee of the New York State Common Retirement Fund, which invests in FairPoint through a hedge fund. In a letter to fund manager […]

FairPoint recruits workers as strike contingency

Online advertisements seek qualified telecommunications workers willing to cross a picket line. Company, which halted union negotiations Wednesday night, says it needs to have backup workers in the event of a strike.

FairPoint ends talks, imposes contract on workers

Unions file complaint with National Labor Relations Board over declaration of impasse. Strike still on the table.

FairPoint contracts with union employees expire

Negotiations with two unions were not completed before the contracts ran out on Saturday, according to a statement from FairPoint Communications.

Clock winding down on FairPoint negotiations

Management, unions back at the table in talks to replace contract that expires on Saturday. Workers are prepared to strike.

FairPoint appeals loss to union for second time

FairPoint’s electrical workers are looking ahead to renegotiating a collective bargaining agreement that expires in 2014, but the union will see the telecom in court, first.