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Shaheen, Kuster To FairPoint: This Strike Needs To End

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Two members of New Hampshire’s congressional delegation are urging officials with FairPoint to settle its labor dispute with workers in northern New England.

More than 1,700 FairPoint workers in New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont have been on strike since Oct. 17.

In a letter sent to FairPoint CEO Paul Sunu, Senator Jeanne Shaheen and 2nd District Congresswoman Anne Kuster urged the company to return to the bargaining table.

In the letter, Shaheen and Kuster say the ongoing dispute has disrupted service to customers, including for emergency responders.

In a statement last week, Sunu said it is the union that is not bargaining in good faith and that workers’ requests regarding wages and benefits are unreasonable.

The New Hampshire Public Utility Commission has reported that complaints about the company’s service have spiked since the strike began.

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