Unions call for FairPoint to return to table

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Hundreds of union workers are using a Labor Day rally to demand that FairPoint Communications return to the negotiating table.

The workers gathered in Portland's Longfellow Square on Monday after a Labor Day breakfast sponsored by the Southern Maine Labor Council. The group chanted slogans demanding an end to corporate greed, and for the company to resume negotiations.

Speakers included U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, Senate candidate Shenna Bellows and Tefere Gebre (Teh-FAHR'-ay GEH'-bray), vice president of the AFL-CIO.

FairPoint has declared an impasse after four months of negotiations with unions representing more than 1,700 workers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.

Steve Elrick, a worker from Brunswick, said the company will hire contract workers and move jobs out of the region if it gets its way.


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