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FairPoint Communications Makes Jobs Permanent 

FairPoint Communications and its major union have agreed on making 90 temporary call center employees permanent, and the union is celebrating the change. Officials with Local 1400 of the Communication Workers of America say the change comes after an 18-month battle with management, and will mean both better job security for the workers and better service for customers. The change affects temporary workers at FairPoint facilities in Portland and Bangor, Maine, Manchester, N.H. and Burlington, Vt. There was no immediate comment Tuesday from FairPoint officials. (AP)