FairPoint, unions reach tentative agreements



On a drizzling Wednesday morning, about a half-dozen sign-carrying workers formed a picket line outside the FairPoint building on Main Street in Ellsworth. PHOTO BY JENNIFER OSBORN

About a half-dozen sign-carrying workers formed a picket line outside the FairPoint building on Main Street in Ellsworth this past fall. PHOTO BY JENNIFER OSBORN

ELLSWORTH — FairPoint Communications Inc., System Council T-9 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Locals 2320, 2326 and 2327 and the Communications Workers of America Local 1400 announced Thursday that they have reached tentative agreements on the terms for new collective bargaining agreements.

According to a statement from a FairPoint spokesman, the terms of the new collective bargaining agreements “will address, in meaningful and constructive ways, the objectives of the parties and that the new labor agreements will provide employees with wages and benefits that are among the best in northern New England. At the same time, the agreements permit the company to achieve a much more competitive position in the marketplace.”

Union members will vote on whether to ratify the tentative agreements “as soon as possible,” according to the statement. Effective with the signing of the agreements, the unions agreed that striking employees will return to work on Wednesday, Feb. 25.

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