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Feb 24, 2015 2:15 PM

FairPoint workers fear mess caused by replacement workers

The Associated Press

PORTLAND, Maine - FairPoint workers say they're worried that they're going to have a mess on their hands after four months of replacement workers during a strike.

More than 1,700 workers return to their jobs Wednesday in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.

During the strike, FairPoint hired replacement workers and there were widely documented customer service delays. Barry Sine, an analyst at Drexel Hamilton, says he believes it'll take a month to a month-and-a-half for the company's workforce to restore service quality to pre-strike levels.

Peter Keefe, a FairPoint worker in Lewiston, Maine, said Tuesday that he thinks unionized workers are "going to have a lot of messes to clean up."

FairPoint disagrees about the extent of problems. A spokeswoman says contract workers provided "superb" support of the network during the strike.


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