News : Meeting Will Focus on FairPoint Layoffs
Manchester, NH, USA, May, 2015 -- Union representatives hope to meet with FairPoint Communications Inc. leaders next week to discuss what areas will be hit hardest by pending layoffs the company recently announced.
Glenn Brackett, business manager of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 2320 in Manchester, said no meeting dates had been set up as of Monday and it would likely be early next week before labor leaders sit down with the company.
Contracts for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the Communications Workers of America expired in August, leading to a four-month strike after repeated breakdowns in negotiations for a new deal.
More than 1,700 FairPoint workers in New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont participated in the strike, which ended in February.
FairPoint announced Friday that it plans to cut 260 jobs across the 17 states in which it operates. The company plans to close a call center in South Burlington, Vt., but has not offered details on where the layoffs will be concentrated.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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FairPoint Communications, Inc. is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, and operates communication services in 31 markets in 17 states, mostly in rural areas.
Published: Tuesday, May 26, 2015