Union members working for FairPoint Communications across New England hit the pickets this morning after the company refused to come back to the bargaining table.  The employees, represented in negotiations by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and the Communication Workers of America (CWA), offered “significant concessions” in their most recent offer, but to no avail.

“The company is not willing to negotiate on anything, so we felt that we’ve exhausted all of our options and this company has no interest in reaching an agreement. They’ve really backed us into a corner. We have no choice but to strike,” said Jenn Nappi, assistant business manager with CWA Local 2327.

Negotiations between the parties began in April and ended abruptly in August when the company declared an impasse and subsequently imposed its last, best, and final offer.  We will keep you posted as this dispute continues to unfold.

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