Earlier this week, FairPoint Communications officials located in northern New England accused its striking workers of not playing fair. The more than 1,700 striking employees, represented by the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), have allegedly intimidated contractors and regular FairPoint employees with their threatening behavior. The strikers have also been accused of attempting to jam the company’s phones in order to disrupt its local call centers.
In a statement, the unions denied the company’s allegations and reiterated that strikers have the right to picket the work sites as long as they are not disrupting work.
“We will continue to work hard to ensure that our labor action is safe and respectful to our neighbors and friends throughout northern New England, but we will not let the company use these spurious and unfounded allegations to take the spotlight off of the company’s unfair practices,” the unions responded in a statement.
The strikers have also accused the company of bargaining in bad faith and have asked the NLRB to order FairPoint back to the bargaining table. We will be watching for that decision to issue, so stay tuned.