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Re: “Ann Taylor Wants to Save a Tree

Well the one good thing is that everyone is looking for firewood so Burlington may be able to turn a profit.

Posted by Paul Jones on 10/30/2014 at 11:11 AM

Re: “Vermont's 2014 Gubernatorial Campaign Drinking Game

I had to start drinking before the debate just to be able to watch it.

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Posted by Paul Jones on 10/30/2014 at 11:09 AM

Re: “Sanders and Striking Workers Decry FairPoint, Urge Concessions

Where should the members of the Union begin?

· FairPoint is looking for $700 million in givebacks from 2,000 Union employees (1700 IBEW plus 300 CWA) over a three year contract.

· $700 million divided by the proposed three year term of the contract = $233,333,333.33 per year that FairPoint wants in givebacks.

· $233,333,333.33 divided by 2,000 Union employees = $116,666.66 per Union employee, per year, that FairPoint wants in givebacks.

This amount is $1,666.66 more per year than FairPoint’s stated average annual salary and benefits cost ($115,000.00) for each Union employee. Is FairPoint asking that Union employees work as volunteers, without wages or benefits, and also pay their employer $1,666.66, per employee, per year?

Negotiations are a process of give and take... not all take. I am sure the striking workers are not enjoying this. To simply make the statement (as fairpoint has) that they are "ready to negotiate" and then reject anything but their own company proposals is hardly a sincere effort by management to get this resolved and serve the customers they so desperately need.

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Posted by Jamie Longtin on 10/30/2014 at 10:40 AM

Re: “Sanders and Striking Workers Decry FairPoint, Urge Concessions

What about the consumers the company and the strikers are hurting? Sanders is ignoring the people who have lost service or can't get connected to Fairpoint due to the Union and it's strikers. It's only a matter of time before someone can't make a 911 call for an emergency and who will get hurt? Not the Union or the company. The strikers have their publicity and should get back to work and negotiate. The greed and ill-will is not just from the company, but also from the Union and Sanders who couldn't care less about the public, only their special interests.

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Posted by StopTheNonsense on 10/30/2014 at 10:31 AM

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