Union alleges Verizon violation


MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) – The union representing Verizon employees has gone to arbitration over its claim that Verizon’s agreement to sell its landlines in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont violates its contract.

Spokesman Rand Wilson, from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, says if the arbitrator rules for the union, he would want Verizon and FairPoint Communications to make sure their sale agreement is in compliance.

Verizon says the agreement does not violate its contract.

The arbitration is based on job security and transfer provisions.

The union opposes the sale, worrying jobs will be on the line and questioning whether FairPoint will be able to maintain the service Verizon provides and expand high-speed Internet access.

The union says it represents more than 11,000 Verizon employees throughout New England, including about 2,500 in the New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont.