FairPoint workers continue under expired contract


NASHUA, N.H. (AP) - FairPoint Communications workers remain on the job under an expired contract, with negotiations expected to resume in the coming days.

Talks broke off Saturday night, shortly before the contract expired. Both sides say the parties remain far apart, and a FairPoint spokeswoman said Sunday that the company is considering its options.

Union workers are unhappy with proposed changes to health and retirement benefits, as well as changes aimed at allowing greater use of nonunion workers. The company, which has struggled since buying Verizon's landline telephone operations seven years ago, says its benefits are out of sync with industry norms.

Based in North Carolina, FairPoint bought Verizon's land holdings in northern New England in 2007. It has struggled to become profitable since emerging from bankruptcy in 2011.


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