Telecom workers give Consent to End Strike in New England

Published Date : Feb 23, 2015

The telecom union members agreed to end a 4-month long strike by around 1,800 workers at FairPoint Communications, a giant in landline telecommunications industry in northern New England, the union officials announced on Sunday. Members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical and Communications Workers of America in New Hampshire, Maine, and Vermont went on strike from Oct. 17, 2014 when negotiations couldn’t materialize. FairPoint employed substitute workers in their absence.

FairPoint and Union negotiators had reached a tentative agreement on February 19, 2014, which was followed by 3 days of union member voting that executed on Sunday. The union did not divulge vote totals. The agreement asks for a union-administered health insurance plan with improved advantages at cut-off rates, union local representatives stated in a publication on Sunday. FairPoint settled to eliminate a two-tier wage structure and to secure jobs from outsourcing, they stated.

According to the statement of the Union, Mr. Don Trementozzi, president of CWA Local 1400 stated that this agreement is a win for their members and for future FairPoint members. They went on strike previous October because they were committed to retaining good, middle class employments in New England.

The Organization stated that the agreement would provide the staff members the best wages and advantages in New England while improving the organization’s competitive position in the industry.