COLCHESTER (AP) - Contract talks are due to resume between FairPoint Communications and the largest union representing workers across Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers business manager Mike Spillane tells WPTZ-TV FairPoint is determined to gut benefits.

The union represents about 1,800 FairPoint employees in the three states. Members have voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike if necessary.

Health and retirement benefits are among the issues yet to be resolved. The company says current benefits are out of synch with industry norms and that it remains focused on reaching a successful agreement.

FairPoint spokeswoman Angelynne Amores Beaudry says the company has a plan in place to ensure continued service if the workers strike.


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