The Latest: Consolidated says it’s negotiating in good faith
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – The Latest on Consolidated Communications‘ labor negotiations (all times local):
Consolidated Communications says it’s negotiating in good faith as it seeks an agreement with unions representing workers in Maine, Hampshire and Vermont.
Ryan Whitlock, vice president for human resources, said Wednesday that Consolidated seeks an agreement that helps the company efficiently serve telephone and broadband customers while benefiting workers and ensuring the company is sustainable and competitive.
More than 1,000 workers belonging to the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and Communications Workers of America have authorized a strike. The contract expires Aug. 4.
One of the sticking points is outside labor. Whitlock said the company wants more subcontracting flexibility but said there will be no layoffs as a result.
This is the first contract negotiations since a 131-day strike preceded an agreement with FairPoint Communications, which was bought by Consolidated last year.