- Associated Press - Friday, October 17, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - FairPoint Communications workers in New Hampshire are on strike, joining some 1,700 employees in Vermont and Maine who are protesting the company’s latest contract offer.

Glenn Brackett, business manager of IBEW Local 2320 in New Hampshire, says FairPoint won’t negotiate in good faith. Brackett said under the latest proposal from the company, local jobs could be outsourced.

Brackett says the company’s owners “don’t give a damn” what happens as long as the company is profitable.

The union says it has made “significant concessions” in negotiations with FairPoint. The company says it’s willing to listen to any union proposal that “meaningfully addresses the core issues.”

The company contends the old union contract is obsolete. It imposed its final contract offer in late August.

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