FairPoint Workers Picket Across Maine

Aug 12, 2014

A FairPoint worker picketing this morning at a rally in Portland.
Credit Tom Porter / MPBN

FairPoint Communications workers are staging informational pickets across Maine today amid talk of a strike. 

In Portland this morning, Krista Jensen said workers want the public to be aware of what's at stake when contract talks resume tomorrow.

"We're just letting the public know that we're looking for a fair contract and we need their support to keep the work here in the state," she said.

Jensen said outsourcing of FairPoint jobs to other states, or overseas, remains a major sticking point in the talks.

Similar pickets were held in Bangor and Lewiston, as well as in locations in New Hampshire and Vermont.

The workers' contract with FairPoint expired Aug. 2. Union workers have authorized a strike, but, so far, have remained on the job.

FairPoint has said it needs concessions on pensions and medical benefits to bring them in line with industry standards.