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2015 Fairpoint NNE Contract-CWA 1400

BARGAINING UPDATES:

 

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August 4, 2018

Today our IBEW and CWA bargaining teams reached tentative agreements with Consolidated Communications. After four months of often contentious bargaining, we have reached agreements that respond to our members' and our customers' needs as well as the profound changes impacting the telecommunications industry.

While there are some differences between the CWA and IBEW agreements, both maintain high quality affordable health care and good local jobs for the life of the agreements. Both agreements provide enhanced retirement benefits through a new 401K savings plan. In addition, the agreements restore 128 days of seniority to members who held the line during our historic strike of 2014-15.

Right now, our teams are working on detailed summaries of the agreements, which we will distribute as soon as possible. We are scheduling meetings in all three states where we will summarize the agreements, answer your questions, and conduct ratification votes.

We want to thank every member who showed solidarity with your co-workers and support for our bargaining teams throughout this process. Once again, we showed the company and our communities what it means to be union strong.

When We Fight, We Win!

In solidarity,

Peter McLaughlin, Business Manager, IBEW Local 2327,Chair, IBEW System Council T-9
Steven Soule, Business Manager, IBEW Local 2320
Mike Spillane, Business Manager, IBEW Local 2326
Don Trementozzi, President, CWA Local 1400

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July 27, 2018

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

Our bargaining teams met with the company this week on Tuesday and Thursday. Bargaining is currently scheduled to resume on Tuesday and continue through expiration at midnight on Saturday, August 4th. As expiration approaches, bargaining has become heated. The company continues to demand concessions on several key issues, including job security, contracting out work, movement of work, sick and paid time off, and a secure retirement. Our bargaining teams have made several substantive proposals that would protect good jobs and improve service across our region.

The overwhelming vote to authorize a strike sent a strong message to management that CWA and IBEW members at Consolidated throughout Northern New England are united and ready to fight for a fair deal. Now more than ever we need to demonstrate that unity to management and the public.

We will announce a variety of mobilization actions throughout the week, so be sure to follow us on Facebook, check your email daily, and stay in touch with your stewards and mobilizers.

Mark your calendars now. On Thursday, August 2, plan to bring a box to work and take home all personal items in your workspace, whether it's a desk or a truck. On that day, be sure to take selfies with your boxes and send them to us at fairnessatconsolidated@gmail.c om or PM to the Fairness@Consolidated Facebook page.

Your visible demonstrations of solidarity really do make a difference at the table. When we fight, we win!

In solidarity,

Peter McLaughlin, Business Manager, IBEW Local 2327,Chair, IBEW System Council T-9
Steven Soule, Business Manager, IBEW Local 2320
Mike Spillane, Business Manager, IBEW Local 2326
Don Trementozzi, President, CWA Local 1400

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June 29, 2018

Our CWA and IBEW Bargaining Teams met with the company this week on Tuesday and Thursday. We had vigorous discussions on a variety of issues. The company is still making outrageous demands, including the ability to contract out our work.

Bargaining will continue after the fourth of July holiday. In the meantime, your visible demonstrations of unity are making a difference! Your bargaining team and management saw the "Wanting to Talk but Ready to Walk" signs plastered across three states this week, and we can assure you the message was received loud and clear. We must keep up the pressure on management to live up to the promises they made to employees and customers when they took over FairPoint last year. They say that "community matters" and yet threaten to outsource good, local jobs. It doesn't add up.

Informational picket signs are ready to go, and we'll be announcing the first dates and locations for picketing very soon.

In solidarity,

Peter McLaughlin, Business Manager, IBEW Local 2327,Chair, IBEW System Council T-9
Steven Soule, Business Manager, IBEW Local 2320
Mike Spillane, Business Manager, IBEW Local 2326
Don Trementozzi, President, CWA Local 1400

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June 7, 2018

Our Bargaining Teams met with the company this week on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. The company is holding firm on their concessionary positions regarding contracting out our work, movement of our work, and freezing our pensions.

We feel it's important at this stage to brief members in person on where we stand and what comes next. Therefore, we've decided to cancel bargaining sessions next week in order to hold joint membership meetings in all three states over the next two weeks. We will announce dates and locations for those meetings shortly.

In the meantime, we're having our picket signs printed and will announce the first informational picketing dates for later this month. We plan to informational picket Consolidated worksites and key customers to expose the company's hypocrisy. We've all seen Consolidated's "Building a Stronger Community" ads on television and the Internet. The company needs to understand what our customers already do: that stronger communities depend on GOOD, LOCAL JOBS.

Remember, we're union, we're proven. Hang tough!

In solidarity,

Peter McLaughlin, Business Manager, IBEW Local 2327,Chair, IBEW System Council T-9
Steven Soule, Business Manager, IBEW Local 2320
Mike Spillane, Business Manager, IBEW Local 2326
Don Trementozzi, President, CWA Local 1400

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May 29, 2018

We were scheduled to return to the bargaining table tomorrow, but the company has cancelled the meeting due to a scheduling conflict. Our next bargaining sessions will take place June 5-7.

In the meantime, we want to address a rumor that we're hearing from members in all three states. The rumor, that we are close to an agreement with the company, is completely false.

As we reported in previous bargaining updates, the company has made several outrageous proposals, including freezing pensions and gaining the unrestricted ability to move or subcontract our work. These proposals are still on the table, and we are continuing to push back on the company's attempts to gut our contract.

Of course, our efforts at the table will be in vein if members aren't unified behind our demand for a fair deal. So, please continue to wear red on Thursdays. We'll be announcing dates for practice picketing soon, and we're looking for a good slogan for our picket signs. If you have an idea, enter our contest by clicking here by June 1.

As always, if you have questions about unsubstantiated rumors, don't hesitate to ask a member of our bargaining team.

In solidarity,

Peter McLaughlin, Business Manager, IBEW Local 2327,Chair, IBEW System Council T-9
Steven Soule, Business Manager, IBEW Local 2320
Mike Spillane, Business Manager, IBEW Local 2326
Don Trementozzi, President, CWA Local 1400

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May 17, 2018

Our CWA Local 1400 and IBEW System Council T9 Bargaining Team met with Consolidated this week. We exchanged proposals and had lively discussion on a variety of topics. We meet again on May 30.

In the meantime, we appreciate every member wearing red every Thursday. We must continue to show the company that we are united and ready to fight for a fair contract.

In solidarity,

Peter McLaughlin, Business Manager, IBEW Local 2327,Chair, IBEW System Council T-9
Steven Soule, Business Manager, IBEW Local 2320
Mike Spillane, Business Manager, IBEW Local 2326
Don Trementozzi, President, CWA Local 1400

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May 3, 2018

Our IBEW System Council T9 and CWA Local 1400 bargaining teams met with the company this week for three days of discussions. The Company is still hell bent on freezing pensions and gaining the unrestricted ability to move or subcontract our work. Together, our IBEW and CWA bargaining teams continue to engage the company's negotiators on these crucial issues at the table. Negotiations will resume on May 15 and 17.

In the meantime, mobilizers and stewards in every Local are gathering signatures on a petition that demonstrates our unity and commitment to fight for a fair deal. If you haven't signed it yet, please contact your mobilizer, steward, or a local officer today.

The company has scheduled more of their so-called "town hall" meetings next week. Be sure to attend and ask Consolidated managers and executives questions about these negotiations, like why they insist on taking away hard-earned pay and benefits from the very workers who've kept this company going through two ill-fated mergers in 10 years.

Make sure to wear your "I Support My Bargaining Team" pins to the meetings and continue to wear red every Thursday.

Remember:
You're a Union Member.
We're Union. We're Proven.
HANG TOUGH!


In solidarity,

Peter McLaughlin, Business Manager, IBEW Local 2327,Chair, IBEW System Council T-9
Steven Soule, Business Manager, IBEW Local 2320
Mike Spillane, Business Manager, IBEW Local 2326
Don Trementozzi, President, CWA Local 1400

_________________________________________

April 26, 2018

Our IBEW System Council T9 and CWA Local 1400 bargaining teams met with the company this week for three days of discussions. Negotiations will resume on Tuesday.

In the meantime, mobilizers and stewards are collecting signatures on a solidarity petition. If you haven't signed it yet, contact your mobilizer, steward, or local officer ASAP. We need every member to sign on to our solidarity statement to show the company we are united and ready to fight for good, local jobs and quality service.

In solidarity,

Peter McLaughlin, Business Manager, IBEW Local 2327,Chair, IBEW System Council T-9
Steven Soule, Business Manager, IBEW Local 2320
Mike Spillane, Business Manager, IBEW Local 2326
Don Trementozzi, President, CWA Local 1400

_________________________________________

April 12, 2018

Our IBEW System Council T9 and CWA Local 1400 Bargaining Teams met with the company for three days this week. Consolidated negotiators continue to try to divide us. Although they refuse to bargain with IBEW and CWA jointly, we went to every session as a united team. WE WILL NOT BE DIVIDED!

As a reminder, during last week's opening session the company made several outrageous proposals:

* to freeze your pensions

* to gain the unrestricted ability to subcontract your work

* to diminish your health and welfare benefits

* to increase your work hours without increasing your pay

* to eliminate some of your paid time off

* to eliminate weekly pay periods and go to biweekly pay periods

 

Again this week, every single proposal by the company was a demand for give backs. They want:

* to eliminate sick time and EWD time

* to reduce double time

* to increase overtime limits

 

According to Consolidated's lead negotiatior, Ryan Whitlock, "The only way to save money and create efficiencies is to have people leave the business."

We are absolutely determined to stop this company's efforts to divide us and decimate our contract!

We appreciate the strong demonstration of solidarity by members in every local. Keep it up! Keep wearing your red on Thursdays and prepare to take additional action when the time comes. In the coming weeks, we will announce plans to carry our message about the importance of saving good, local jobs and quality service to the Northern New England public.

The next round of bargaining is April 24-26.

In solidarity,

Peter McLaughlin, Business Manager, IBEW Local 2327,Chair, IBEW System Council T-9
Steven Soule, Business Manager, IBEW Local 2320
Mike Spillane, Business Manager, IBEW Local 2326
Don Trementozzi, President, CWA Local 1400

_________________________________________

April 3, 2018

Your IBEW System Council T-9 and CWA Local 1400 Bargaining Team met with Consolidated management today for our first day of bargaining. Despite our stated willingness to cooperate with the company to reach a fair agreement, the company is clearly not interested in cooperation or fairness.

They want the ability to transfer your work and lay you off. As Ryan Whitlock, Consolidated's chief negotiator, put it "I want the unrestricted ability to move work out of the bargaining unit and lay off."

That outrageous pronouncement was followed up by the following proposals:

* to freeze your pensions

* to get the unrestricted ability to subcontract your work

* to diminish your health and welfare benefits

* to increase your work hours without increasing your pay

* to eliminate some of your paid time off

* to eliminate weekly pay periods and go to biweekly pay periods

 

The company set the tone on day one. Already they are trying to divide us by refusing to bargain jointly with IBEW and CWA. Nevertheless, we stuck together throughout both sessions and will continue to do so. They will not divide us.

Are you ready to fight back? Your Bargaining Team is fighting back and we know every member will stand with us ONE DAY LONGER.

Thanks to everyone who wore red today and shared pictures on social media. We must show the company that we are united and ready to fight. Remember to wear your red on Thursday and keep sending in your Solidarity Selfies.

In solidarity,

 

Peter McLaughlin, Business Manager, IBEW Local 2327,Chair, IBEW System Council T-9
Steven Soule, Business Manager, IBEW Local 2320
Mike Spillane, Business Manager, IBEW Local 2326
Don Trementozzi, President, CWA Local 1400

 

 

Consolidated Communications completes FairPoint acquisition

Mon, 07/03/2017 http://www.vermontbiz.com/news/july/consolidated-communications-completes-fairpoint-acquisition

 

Vermont Business Magazine Featuring a flurry of share buying just before the final early bell on the eve of Independence Day, Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc (NASDAQ:CNSL) announced today it has completed its acquisition of FairPoint Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:FRP), an all-stock transaction valued at approximately $1.3 billion including debt and based on present equity value.  The merger further positions the company as a leading broadband and business service provider across a 24-state service area.  

The all-stock merger transaction was valued at approximately $1.5 billion, including debt ($887 million) when it was announced December 5, 2016. Shares of both companies fell a few points in the meantime, but bounced back in the last week as Consolidated gained all necessary regulatory approvals. At the 1 pm closing Monday, FairPoint shares were up $0.30 to $15.95 (+1.92%), it's highest closing since May 1. Its annual range was $13.04-$19.60, achieved shortly after the deal was announced. CNSL shares were up $0.48 to $21.95 (+2.24%) for the day. Its one-year range is $19.27-$30.23, achieved last November. Its market cap is $1.11 billion or nearly three times that of FRP. 

RELATED STORY: Consolidated expected to take over FairPoint Monday VBM Thu, 06/29/2017

FairPoint is Vermont's largest telecom. Illinois, Kansas, Maine, New Hampshire, New York and Vermont recently joined Colorado, Georgia, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia by each granting approval of the pending merger with FairPoint. In addition, all pre-close notification processes have been completed in the six states of Alabama, Florida, Massachusetts, Missouri, Oklahoma and Washington.

 

Acquisition expands company's fiber network to more than 36,000 fiber route miles across 24 states making Consolidated Communications the ninth largest fiber provider in the U.S.Results in significant operational and financial scale while maintaining strong capital investment strategy

Meaningfully accretive to cash flow per share in year one with estimated annual run rate cost savings of $55 million and $300 million in net operating losses ("NOLs")

Current dividend policy of $1.55 per share will be maintained

Enables customers to benefit from an expanded product, service portfolio and sales strategy

Creates an even stronger, more competitive, financially-secure company

 

"Consolidated Communications' mission is to turn technology into solutions, connecting people and enriching how they work and live," said Bob Udell, president and chief executive officer of Consolidated Communications.  "We know our customers' needs are changing and this business combination creates a stronger company with greater scale and resources to serve our customers.  We are excited to close on the acquisition and look forward to realizing the many benefits of this merger and leveraging our combined team's expertise."    

Based on today's transaction closing, under the terms of the agreement, FairPoint stockholders will receive a fixed exchange ratio of 0.7300 shares of Consolidated Communications common stock for each share of FairPoint common stock. No fractional shares of Consolidated Communications common stock will be issued. Each of FairPoint's stockholders will be entitled to receive, in lieu of any fractional share of Consolidated Communications common stock, an amount in cash equal to the value of the fractional share of Consolidated Communications common stock to which such stockholder would otherwise have been entitled, less applicable taxes required to be withheld. 

"The financial benefits associated with the combination in the form of cost savings and reduced financial leverage provide us additional operating and strategic flexibility going forward," Udell said.  "The transaction is meaningfully accretive to free cash flow per share in the first year and supports our current dividend policy to shareholders while making meaningful investments to enhance the network."  

Combined Company Facts and Strategic Benefits

Significant Fiber Network Expansion:  The acquisition of FairPoint will add 22,000 fiber route miles to the Consolidated Communications fiber network, without any overlapping markets. The combined network spans 24 states and more than 36,000 fiber route miles, making Consolidated Communications the ninth largest fiber provider in the U.S.  Consolidated Communication's on-net buildings grow to 8,800 and fiber-connected towers total 2,600.

Enhanced Product and Services Portfolio: The company plans to expand its cloud services product suite to FairPoint markets, as well as other broadband enhancements.  Overall, the combined company will eventually offer an even broader range of solutions, tools, and resources benefiting all customer groups.

Added Scale, Complementary Business Strategies: The merger combines two companies with complementary business strategies and provides a meaningful increase in scale to address the ever-changing competitive landscape.

On-Target Run-Rate Synergies:  The transaction is expected to generate annual run rate cost savings of approximately $55 million, which are expected to be achieved within two years after completion of the merger.  Consolidated has proven its ability to successfully integrate companies and meet or exceed synergy targets. 

Stronger Financial Profile:  Consolidated expects the transaction to be meaningfully accretive to free cash flow per share in the first year. The company will benefit from $300 million in net operating losses (NOLs) and it has refinanced FairPoint's debt on very attractive terms.  Additionally, the transaction will significantly improve the company's balance sheet and capital structure and supports its current dividend policy to stockholders.

Experienced Team and Expertise:  The combined team of approximately 4,400 employees will leverage best practices and greater resources to serve customers.

 

Dividend Practice 
Consolidated Communications' Board of Directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.38738 per share consistently for 48 quarters since its initial public offering in 2005.  The Consolidated Communications Board of Directors expects to maintain its annual dividend of $1.55 per share.  The next quarterly dividend of $0.38738, which was declared on May 2, 2017, is payable on Aug. 1, 2017, to stockholders of record on July 15, 2017.   

Management, Board and Headquarters
Bob Udell will continue to serve as president and chief executive officer and Steve Childers will serve as chief financial officer of the combined company.  As part of the merger agreement, Consolidated has appointed Wayne Wilson, a New Hampshire resident who previously served on the FairPoint Board, to the Consolidated Communications Board at closing.  The newly combined company will continue to be headquartered in Mattoon, Ill. and senior executives will be based throughout its service area.

Earnings and Guidance
Consolidated Communications will report second quarter 2017 earnings on Aug. 3, 2017. The company will discuss results and other developments for the combined company during the call and will update its annual guidance with its second quarter earnings report.

About Consolidated Communications        
Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:CNSL) is a leading broadband and business communications provider serving consumers, businesses of all sizes, and wireless companies and carriers, across a 24-state service area.  Leveraging its advanced fiber optic network spanning more than 36,000 fiber route miles, Consolidated Communications offers a wide range of communications solutions, including: data, voice, video, managed services, cloud computing and wireless backhaul.  Headquartered in Mattoon, Ill., Consolidated Communications has been providing services in many of its markets for more than a century. 

Source: MATTOON, Ill., July 03, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc (NASDAQ:CNSL)