Dec 5, 2014 2:26 PM
Standoff between FairPoint, union workers continues
PORTSMOUTH - On the 50th day of their strike against FairPoint Communications, union workers braved the cold and flooded downtown Portsmouth.
FairPoint was forced to deploy a temporary workforce when the strike began mid-October. Since then, the State Public Utilities Commission has received five times as many complaints about the company. Local IBEW 2320 Business Manager Glenn Brackett says he's not surprised.
"The workers brought in - they're not trained, they're not qualified, they're not local, they don't know what they're doing, and the economy of the state is suffering, and public safety is suffering," Brackett said.
FairPoint has asked customers to continue to have patience. They released a statement saying:
"When the union workforce walked off their jobs, we began implementing our contingency plan. If the employees want to return to work, we can adjust our requirements for contractors to accommodate them."