FairPoint Communications' pending $13 million contract with New Hampshire has gone into limbo as the state has decided to delay action amidst a spike in service outages that have emerged during a labor strike by its northern New England employees.
Both Cablevision and the Communications Workers of America are claiming victory after an administrative law judge issued a 291-page recommendation to the National Labor Relations Board late Thursday regarding their dispute.
FairPoint Communications union workers' move to hold rallies in both Boston and Montpelier, Vt., shows that they are not willing to back down in their ongoing strike over disagreement about various concessions related to company benefits.
Union activists took to the streets of New York City to make the case for striking northern New England FairPoint workers. The demonstrators made their case outside a New York conference attended by executives from Wall Street hedge fund Angelo, Gordon, the telco's biggest stakeholder.
The National Labor Relations Board has charged Cablevision CEO James Dolan with threatening to withhold pay raises to his company's Brooklyn tech workers unless they voted to quit their union.
FairPoint Communications' executives will soon begin contingency plans in their northern New England region so they can maintain customer service as their union employees continue with their strike.
About 1,700 Fairpoint Communications workers represented by the Northern New England chapters of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and Communications Workers of America (CWA) went on strike after negotiations with the carrier broke down. The job action affected company locations in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont after talks in Boston broke down.
Citing the cable company's ongoing battle with unionized technical workers in Brooklyn, the New York City Council is moving to block any potential deal that would let Cablevision convert the city's obsolete network of pay-phone booths into Wi-Fi hotspots.
The battle between Cablevision and its unionized Brooklyn workers continued to escalate Wednesday, with the cable company suing the Communications Workers of America Local 1109 in New York Supreme Court.
A group called "Cablevision99," which claims to represent nearly 300 unionized Cablevision technical workers in Brooklyn, has posted a YouTube rap video with a title, "Strike," and lyrics that the Bethpage, N.Y. cable company certainly won't find catchy.