AAA  Aug. 29, 2014 11:10 AM ET
Unions evaluate FairPoint final offer
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FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2009 file photo, Peter Adams, a telephone line splicer for FairPoint Communications, works from a bucket in Freeport, Maine. The telephone service provider for Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont declared an impasse after four months of labor negotiations. More than 1,700 workers were advised by union officials Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, to be on “standby” for a possible strike or lockout. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

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Unions representing more than 1,700 FairPoint Communications workers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont are continuing to evaluate a contract imposed by the company.

FairPoint announced Thursday that it had reached an impasse with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and Communication Workers of America.

The company proceeded to impose its final offer, which it said is permitted under federal law. The unions have accused the company of violating federal labor law and have asked the National Labor Relations Board to reinstate the old contract.

What's next is unclear going into the holiday weekend. The union has advised its members to be on standby for a possible strike or lockout.

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