After writing my check for my FairPoint bill this month I decided to also write a letter to the editor in hopes of reaching their management team.

I am paying attention to what FairPoint is doing to their striking workforce. Their contingency plan and replacement workers are failing us miserably.

People on picket lines across our state are members of our communities, fellow volunteers, neighbors and friends. The people FairPoint aims to turn us against with your high-paid ads and accusations to the news are people we’ve know for years and trust. Frankly, they are people the company should trust and value. FairPoint has paid big money for ads and continues to release statements to the press to tell us what the workers make, like it’s a bad thing. The truth is, the workers make pennies to the dollar compared to what the company’s execs are making.

We FairPoint customers are now talking to each other and banding together with the striking workers and will never be fooled into aligning with Wall Street hedge-fund owners who want to line their pockets with the broken promises of the company. We want quality jobs in Maine and if FairPoint knows anything about Mainers, it should know we stick together.

As verified by, for its 2013 fiscal year, FairPoint Communications listed the following executives on its annual proxy statement to the SEC: Peter Nixon, executive vice president, $779,267; Paul Sunu, director and CEO, $2,359,299; Ajay Sabherwal, executive vice president and CFO, $911,870; Anthony Tomae, executive vice president and CRO, $841,912; Kenneth Amburn, executive vice president, $721,402;

Rosemary Hauser, former executive vice president and CIO, $1,019,326.

Tammy McLaughlin

Mount Vernon

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