PORTLAND, Maine - Nearly 2,000 employees at FairPoint Communications began picketing at work sites across Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont today, after months of contract negotiations broke down. Union employees say FairPoint leaders are trying to outsource jobs and cut health and pension benefits. FairPoint emerged from bankruptcy just a few years ago, and a company official says it needs to trim costs to stay competitive.
PORTLAND, Maine — 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 said Friday that the company remains willing to listen to any union proposal that "meaningfully addresses the core issues of these negotiations."
ORONO, Maine - The University of Maine at Orono will cut $7 million from its budget in fiscal year 2016. Administrators made the announcement at a morning meeting on campus, where they asked faculty and staff in different departments for feedback on where to come up with the cuts.
PORTLAND, Maine - Ocean-related businesses in Maine are teaming up with an Icelandic entrepreneur to establish a so-called "cluster" - or business incubator - on Portland's waterfront. The aim is to grow the local economy and commercialize new maritime products and services.