PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — FairPoint workers say they’re worried that they’re going to have a mess on their hands after four months of replacement workers during a strike.
More than 1,700 workers return to their jobs Wednesday after approving a new contract in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.
During the strike, FairPoint hired replacement workers to keep the system running and there were widely documented customer service delays. Peter Keefe, a FairPoint worker in Lewiston, Maine, said he thinks unionized workers are “going to have a lot of messes to clean up.”
The telecommunications company had no immediate comment.
Barry Sine, an analyst at Drexel Hamilton, says there’s some truth behind what workers are saying. He says it’ll take a month or two to restore service to pre-strike levels.