I am a FairPoint customer and believe that the company has a lot to offer the state. Where are the advantages to the company giving no concessions to its workers?

FairPoint wants to outsource jobs out of state and possibly out of the country. How does that help the workers in Maine? FairPoint has not wanted to compromise on proposals from the workers to pay part of their health insurance.

During the debates, the candidates for governor said that job training and paying a minimum wage are important. FairPoint has trained workers and pays a good wage but wants to reduce the pay scale to a lower starting salary – slightly over minimum wage.

What is the amount FairPoint is paying for this strike, including protection costs from the people they are robbing of pay and benefits? Who is the thief?

Patricia Millett

South Portland