As of October 17, union workers at FairPoint Communications in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont are on strike to protect their pensions, health care, job security, decent wages, and the future of their communities. These members of the IBEW and the CWA build and maintain the communications network that brings essential phone and Internet service to northern New England. Many seniors, people with disabilities, and rural residents depend on these skilled workers.
The firm of Angelo, Gordon & Company is a major hedge fund that makes tens of millions of dollars each year by managing employee pension funds. At the same time, Angelo, Gordon is the largest shareholder in FairPoint Communications, a company that is currently waging war against its own workers, freezing pensions, cutting retiree health care, and sharply raising health care costs for current employees. To make matters worse, FairPoint is demanding the right to outsource work at any time to lower-paid, less-experienced, out-of-state and overseas contractors.Read more: Take Action to Support FairPoint Strikers!
The Central Maine Labor Council recently announced that two scholarships will be awarded for the Spring semester of 2015 to participating students who are sponsored by a union member of a participating union affiliated with the Central Maine Labor Council.
The scholarships are open to graduating high school seniors or students currently enrolled in college or trade school.
Valued at $750 and $500 respectively, the scholarships will be awarded to the student's school at the start of the Spring semester following receipt of proof of a 2.5 point grade average for the previous semester. Previous winners are welcome to apply.Read more: Apply Now for Larry Carr Memorial Scholarship Fund