A strike by Fairpoint workers is still possible but negotiations have not ended, a union spokesperson announced an hour short of the strike deadline this evening. “Make no mistake, this fight is not over,” Glenn Brackett of the IBEW told a hundred or so union members and allies outside Fairpoint’s downtown Manchester office at 11 pm. “We will continue to mobilize until we get a contract that’s fair.”
Brackett said workers should return to work but that a strike could be called at any time. Terms and conditions of the expired contract will remain in effect while negotiations continue.
He explained that the company had turned down a union proposal that would have saved the company millions of dollars.
Fairpoint workers are represented by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the Communications Workers of America.