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NATCA Applauds FAA Funding, Warns Of Potential Future Instability

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WASHINGTON – The National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) today applauds the full funding of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015, as part of the passage of the “Cromnibus” spending bill approved last week. At the same time, NATCA President Paul Rinaldi warns that sequestration remains a threat to the modernization and stability of the National Airspace System (NAS).

“The ground beneath our NAS has settled for the moment, thanks to the work of Congress to pass this funding bill,” Rinaldi said. “However, this is only a nine-month deal. Sequestration is a 10-year law. We cannot forget how damaging sequestration was in 2013 for the NAS and for the aviation safety professionals who work so hard maintaining it as the safest, most efficient, and most complex in the world.”

Aviation creates nearly 12 million jobs that contribute $1.5 trillion to the nation’s gross domestic product. Every day, there are 70,000 flights that transport two million passengers. Thus, said Rinaldi, this FY15 spending bill is a “nice holiday present” for both travelers and the NAS.

However, he added, NATCA and its fellow stakeholders in the aviation system must continue to advocate for long-term funding stability.

“The current stop-and-go funding process increases costs and makes planning for complex modernization projects impossible. Stable long-term funding is needed to keep progress moving forward,” Rinaldi said.

NATCA’s collaboration with the FAA and the industry couldn’t be better and NextGen is advancing due to this collaborative effort. NATCA is issuing an update today on several NextGen programs that are progressing well, with notable recent successes. It’s our second quarterly issue of NextGen Now, available by clicking HERE.  (http://natca.uberflip.com/i/434417)

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“NextGen is happening now,” Rinaldi said. “This is why stable funding for the long term is so critically important. The progress of modernization, as well as an effective pipeline for hiring and training the controller workforce to use the tools of a more modernized system, cannot and must not be slowed or stopped again if the U.S. is to maintain its standing as the world leader in aviation.”

NH Insurance Department Issues Winter Weather Tips

(Honda CRV in Ditch -- Patrick Hawks Flickr CC)
(Honda CRV in Ditch -- Patrick Hawks Flickr CC)

(Honda CRV in Ditch — Patrick Hawks Flickr CC)

Concord – In winter, snowstorms and icy roads are always a possibility. The New Hampshire Insurance Department urges you to take all possible precautions during storms or when out on the roads. In the event of an accident, here are some tips on how to work with your insurance company:

What to do if you’re in a car accident:

        Call the police.

        Obtain the names, addresses, telephone numbers, insurance information, and driver’s license numbers of everyone involved in the accident, as well as any witnesses.

        Record the time, date, location, road conditions, make and year of vehicles involved, apparent damages and injuries, and your version of what happened.

        Call your insurance agent or company to report the incident as soon as possible. Ask your agent what documents, forms, and data you will need.

        Take photos of the cars, the surrounding area, and the license plates of the other vehicles involved.

        Take notes each time you talk with your insurance company, agent, lawyers, police or others involved in the situation. Write down the dates, times, names and subjects you talked about, as well as any decisions or promises made.

        Ask your insurance company if you have coverage for a rental vehicle if your car is not drivable. Save all receipts and bills, including those from renting a car or having your car towed and/or stowed.

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners offers an auto checklist – download it: http://www.insureuonline.org/auto_accident_checklist.pdf. It’s also available as a free app for your smart phone: http://www.insureuonline.org/insureu_getready_newcar.htm .

 

What to do if your home is damaged:

        Call your insurance company or agent as soon as possible. Have your policy number and other relevant information in hand. Cooperate fully with the insurance company, and ask what documents, forms and data you will need.

        Take photographs/video of the damage.

        Make the repairs necessary to prevent further damage to your property (i.e., cover broken windows, leaking roofs and damaged walls). Do not make any permanent repairs until your insurance company has inspected the property and you have reached an agreement on the cost of repairs.

        Save all receipts, including those from the temporary repairs covered by your insurance policy.

        If the damage is so severe that you must stay elsewhere, ask your insurance company if you have coverage for additional living expenses incurred while repairs are being made. Save all receipts to document these costs.

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners offers a free, downloadable home inventory checklist: http://www.insureuonline.org/home_inventory_checklist.pdf. You also may download a free home inventory app for your mobile phone: http://www.insureuonline.org/insureu_special_disaster.htm.

What types of damage are likely to be covered?

·         Wind

·         Damage to the exterior of your home or other structures from wind-driven rain

·         Tree damage to your home, garage, or other property

·         Other falling objects

·         The collapse of a structure due to weight of ice or snow

·         Damage to your home’s interior from ice dam or ice backup

Frozen pipes might not be covered if the damage is due to negligence, such as failing to maintain an adequate temperature in the house when the ability to do so is there. Check your policy and call your insurance agent or company if you need clarification or have specific questions.

What types of damage are not likely to be covered by a standard homeowners’ policy?

·         Damage as the result of a flood

·         Removal of fallen trees (if the trees do not damage your home or other property, or block your driveway)

·         Food spoilage due to a power outage

·         Water damage from backed-up drains or sewers.

Some insurers offer endorsements (i.e., additional protection that may be purchased) for certain things not covered in a standard homeowners’ policy. Check with your agent or company to see if additional coverage makes sense for you.

The New Hampshire Insurance Department can help:

Contact us with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your insurance coverage at 1-800-852-3416 or (603) 271-1406, or by email at consumerservices@ins.nh.gov. If you wish to file a grievance, you may call, email, or submit a complaint electronically or by mail or fax: http://www.nh.gov/insurance/consumers/complaints.htm.

The New Hampshire Insurance Department’s mission is to promote and protect the public good by ensuring the existence of a safe and competitive insurance marketplace through the development and enforcement of the insurance laws of the State of New Hampshire. For more information, visit www.nh.gov/insurance.

Senator Shaheen Votes For CROmnibus Bill While Objecting To Certain Provisions

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Immediate Release:

Legislation funds the government while making strategic investments in job creation and economic growth in New Hampshire

(Washington, DC) – Tonight U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) voted in favor of a bipartisan appropriations bill that funds most government operations through the 2015 fiscal year.

“The spending bill we passed tonight invests in strategic priorities that will support job creation, economic growth and our national security,” said Shaheen. “It is far from perfect, but it is the product of a bipartisan compromise that in my mind was better than any alternative. I’m disappointed by certain provisions included in this bill – including the rolling back of important taxpayer protections from risky behavior on Wall Street. But I’d rather pass this imperfect, bipartisan compromise now, than face a partisan Republican bill next year, one that would be more at odds with the priorities I believe best serve New Hampshire’s economy and middle-class families. This legislation will help to continue our economic growth and avert another costly government shutdown.”

Shaheen provisions and priorities included in the final spending bill include:

New Hampshire’s Economy

The bill includes funding for another round of State Trade Export Promotion (STEP) grant program. The STEP program, which Shaheen helped create, is an export initiative that helps states assist small businesses to enter and succeed in the international marketplace. The bill also provides funding to complete the activation of the Berlin Prison which will boost the economy in Northern New Hampshire. Shaheen has fought for the opening of the prison since its funding became at risk and has continued to be a leader in the fight to fully open the facility. She has repeatedly pressed Congress and the Obama Administration to prioritize funding and has highlighted the economic boost the prison would have on one of the most economically distressed areas of the state. The facility is expected to create 340 local jobs and provide a $40 million economic boost to Northern New Hampshire.

Pease Air National Guard Base and Portsmouth Naval Shipyard

The spending bill includes funding for the new KC-46A Pegasus aerial refueling tanker that will be housed at Pease Air National Guard base in New Hampshire. The new tankers will replace the Air Force’s current fleet of 1950’s era KC-135s, and Pease – home to the New Hampshire Air National Guard’s 157th Air Refueling Wing – is slated to be the first Air National Guard unit to receive the next generation tanker in fiscal year 2018. Shaheen has advocated for Pease to receive the tanker since 2011, and last year, announced that the Air Force had designated Pease as the first Air National Guard unit to receive the KC-46A.

The bill also includes $41 million in infrastructure upgrades to prepare the Pease Air National Guard Base for the new tankers, as well investments in further energy efficiency upgrades at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, which will reduce costs and improve performance at the shipyard.

Veterans

The spending bill also provides support for service men and women and addresses issues at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The bill increases funding for the Beyond Yellow Ribbon Program, which connects service men and women and their families with community support, training, and other services, by $15 million.

The bill also supports job opportunities for veterans by incorporating several of Shaheen’s veteran small business priorities included in her legislation the Veterans Entrepreneurship Act. The bill includes fee waivers for veteran small business owners applying for Small Business Association (SBA) loans who are looking for loans to start or expand their small businesses. The bill also makes important investments to continue reducing the backlog of veterans’ benefits and appeals claims.

Peace Corps

The bill gives victims of rape who serve in the Peace Corps health care equity by providing them with health care coverage to terminate a pregnancy. Peace Corps volunteers will now receive the same basic health care benefits provided to other women on federal health care plans.

Heroin Abuse Intervention Funding

The bill will help local communities in New Hampshire address the growing heroin abuse crisis. It provides critical resources for communities by setting aside $7 million to strengthen law enforcement efforts in states with high incidences of heroin abuse. Shaheen has been working with local, state and federal officials as well as law enforcement and public health experts to identify ways to address the growing heroin and prescription drug problem in New Hampshire. Earlier this year, she announced Drug Free Communities (DFC) Support Program funding for New Hampshire, which will educate young people about the dangers of drug abuse to ultimately reduce youth substance use. The Senate Appropriations Committee also unanimously adopted several provisions Shaheen proposed and which were a direct result of her outreach with federal, state and local officials along with public health and treatment professionals.

Children and Families

The spending bill invests in important programs for children in New Hampshire such as Head Start, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the Child Care and Development Block Grant program.  It allocates $430 million for the Violence Against Women Act, which is a record level of funding.  These resources are critical to providing the support needed by the millions of women who are the victims of violence.

Portman, Shaheen Bill to Reform Efficiency Standard Headed to the President for Signature

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Bill Will Save Consumers and Manufacturers Money 

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) announced that their bill which makes technical corrections to External Power Supply (EPS) efficiency standards has passed the Senate and is now headed to the President for signature. The bipartisan EPS Service Parts Act of 2014 extends current energy efficiency standards so manufacturers can continue to produce, distribute and service energy efficient EPS for older, out of production products. By allowing continued production of older EPS spare parts to service older devices to continue, Shaheen and Portman’s bill will help save manufacturers money and spare consumers additional costs. The legislation also includes a reporting requirement to ensure this exemption is not abused for the remainder of the five-year efficiency standard cycle.

“This commonsense regulatory reform measure will lower costs for both consumers and manufacturers and I’m pleased it’s now headed to the President for signature,” Portman stated.

“U.S. manufacturers and consumers shouldn’t have to bear the cost of a regulatory oversight,” Shaheen said. “With our bipartisan proposal headed to the President for his signature, both businesses and consumers will be saving money without compromising the benefits of energy efficiency.”

“This bill’s passage, by simply fixing an unintended legal glitch, will save US companies hundreds of millions of dollars, and benefit consumers by allowing them to continue to use existing EPS charging for their laptops, desktops, tablets, networking products and mobile phones in ways that save energy and help the environment,” said Chris Hankin, Senior Director for Environment and Sustainability at the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI), an advocacy organization which represents 60 of the world¹s leading technology companies. “ITI and its member companies wish to thank Senators Portman and Shaheen for their leadership in helping secure its timely enactment.”

This proposal enjoys the support of EPS manufacturers, efficiency advocates and a broad coalition of organizations, including the Alliance to Save Energy (ASE), the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM), the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

AFL-CIO Urges Navient To Do Business Legally

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Institutional investor draws attention to company’s alleged abuse of student loan borrowers

(Washington, D.C.) AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka sent a letter to Navient yesterday questioning whether the mammoth student loan servicer has the necessary internal controls to prevent it from violating the law and losing lucrative government contracts.

“As a long-term institutional investor in Navient and its predecessor Sallie Mae, the AFL-CIO has a profound interest in the company’s performance. We are concerned by Navient’s alleged legal violations involving student loan borrowers. Since government investigations are still ongoing, we are asking those responsible for keeping Navient on the right side of the law to discuss our concerns as soon as possible,” said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.

Over the past year, Navient has had legal troubles involving their treatment of military members. In May, it was part of a settlement that agreed to pay $97 million over allegations from the Department of Justice and the FDIC that it overcharged 60,000 active duty military members on their student loans and that it mishandled their payments to maximize late fees in violation of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is also investigating the company’s servicing practices and the Department of Education is reviewing whether the company breached its contract.

“While the men and women of our armed forces were protecting our country, Navient mishandled their loan payments. These types of business practices are unacceptable,” added James Gilbert, Director of the AFL-CIO’s Union Veterans Council and a veteran of the US Navy.

“Navient’s alleged servicing violations are significantly harming its reputation and are jeopardizing its role as a government contractor,” said Heather Slavkin Corzo, Director of the AFL-CIO’s Office of Investment. “Taking financial advantage of soldiers is horrifyingly wrong. The allegations that Navient failed to comply with regulations, if true, pose a real risk to the larger business.”

A copy of the letter can be found at the link below:https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B7WDMtzVyAYQSVpjNDBZNVhDYzQ/edit

Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka On Immigration Accountability Executive Action

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Today is an important step toward rational and humane enforcement of immigration law. On behalf of America’s workers, we applaud the Administration’s willingness to act.  We have been calling upon the White House to halt unnecessary deportations since Spring 2013 because our broken immigration system is an invitation for employer manipulation and abuse, and U.S.-born workers as well as immigrant workers are paying the price.

By extending relief and work authorization to an estimated 4 million people, the Obama Administration will help prevent unscrupulous employers from using unprotected workers to drive down wages and conditions for all workers in our country.  Although this fix will be temporary, it will allow millions of people to live and work without fear, and afford them the status to assert their rights on the job.

The Administration is operating within its authority to advance the moral and economic interests of our country, and while we stand ready to defend this program, we must also be clear that it is only a first step.  Unfortunately, more than half of those who currently lack legal protections will remain vulnerable to wage theft, retaliation, and other forms of exploitation.

In addition, we are concerned by the President’s concession to corporate demands for even greater access to temporary visas that will allow the continued suppression of wages in the tech sector.  We will actively engage in the rulemaking process to ensure that new workers will be hired based on real labor market need and afforded full rights and protections.

But this announcement does move us forward – progress that is attributable to the courage and determination of immigrants who rallied, petitioned, fasted and blocked streets to make it happen.  Implementation of the executive action should begin immediately, before further delays open the door for legislative obstruction. Starting tomorrow, the administration should focus enforcement attention on high level targets, stop the community raids and leave workers, grandmothers, and schoolchildren in peace.

Going forward, we renew our call for comprehensive reform that provides a path to citizenship and real protections for workers.  We will continue to stand with all workers, regardless of status, to ensure that their voices are heard and their rights are protected.  Working together, we know that we will ultimately achieve a more just immigration system that promotes shared prosperity and respects the dignity of all workers.

Worker Wins Update: Workers Organize to Create New Jobs, Secure Scheduling Reform

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WASHINGTON, DC– Workers across the country have stood up in the past month to fight for better wages and working conditions.

The following are a sample of victories won by workers:

Organizing and Community Victories

Walmart Workers Stage Nationwide Black Friday Protests: Walmart workers were joined by unions and community allies in staging approximately 1,600 protests against the corporation’s low wages and hostile work environments on Black Friday. This is the third year in a row that workers have staged Black Friday protests, with this year’s being the biggest yet.

Workers Fight for $15: Workers in a diverse set of sectors, from airline workers to retail employees, joined fast food workers in a nationwide strike across 190 cities. Workers spoke out for a $15 minimum wage and the right to organize for better working conditions and workplace fairness.

Boston Bike Share Workers Vote to Unionize: Employees of Hubway, a Boston-based bike share company, voted overwhelmingly to join Transport Workers Union Local 100. The workers, including mechanics, technicians, and dispatchers, are part of a national campaign to organize bike share workers.

Workers Defy Anti-Union Efforts, Vote to Organize: Approximately 150 workers at an Alabama copper parts plant voted to organize as members of the United Steelworkers after extensive efforts by Governor Robert Bentley to dissuade workers from unionizing.

Nurses and Hospital Workers Establish Union at Two Connecticut Hospitals: Nearly 1,000 radiology technologists, respiratory clinicians, and nurses have voted to form unions at two hospitals in Connecticut. The workers will be represented by AFT Connecticut and had filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board after hospital administrators attempted to halt efforts by intimidating workers.

Boston Parking Attendants Look to Expand Organizing Efforts: Parking attendants in Boston are working to organize approximately 1,600 workers in the Boston area in an attempt to improve working conditions and substandard pay. Parking workers have won contracts with five parking companies in the Boston area over the last two years, and aim to organize at least three additional companies in the area.

Pittsburgh Workers Making Gains: Efforts by workers in the Pittsburgh area have resulted in successful organizing drives at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Rivers Casino, local universities and downtown offices. Currently, local unions are in the process of organizing roughly 1,000 security guards throughout the greater Pittsburgh area.

Los Angeles Workers Come to Agreement, Create Jobs: Approximately 250 new manufacturing jobs will be created in Los Angeles thanks to the efforts of workers negotiating with business and government interests. The workers at a facility, which will be producing light rail trains, will now be free to decide on whether to join a union thanks to a neutrality agreement negotiated by IBEW Local 11.

San Francisco Workers Win Critical Scheduling Reforms: The San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously approved legislation that would require retailers with 20 or more locations that employ more than 20 people to give two weeks’ notice for any change in a worker’s schedule. This legislation will assist those working low-wage jobs with unpredictable schedules, such as single mothers and fathers, obtain certainty with their expected hours worked.

Facebook Bus Drivers Organize in San Francisco: Over eighty bus drivers employed by Facebook voted to organize as part of a growing effort in Silicon Valley’s tech sector to win better wages and benefits for low wage workers.

 

AFT’s Weingarten on White House Summit on Early Childhood Education

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WASHINGTON –American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten participated in a panel today at the White House Summit on Early Childhood Education, where President Barack Obama announced more than $1 billion in public and private spending on early learning programs, including roughly $700 million in already appropriated federal funds.

Following is a statement from Weingarten on behalf of AFT, which represents more than 90,000 early childhood educators in every type of early learning setting across the country:

“Access to high-quality early childhood care and education is key to giving all children a running start. High-quality early learning not only helps to bridge the achievement gap for low-income children, but it’s also a strong economic investment in our nation’s future. As President Obama mentioned today, every dollar we invest in high-quality early childhood programs saves us up to eight dollars in the future.

“The most important determinant of a high-quality early learning program is the educator who nurtures, guides and educates our children. Right now, many early educators aren’t getting a living wage. Nearly half rely on public assistance, costing taxpayers $2.4 billion annually. That’s why it’s vital that we give the early child care workforce the resources, working conditions and wages they need to help put our nation’s early learners on a path to success.

“We are proud to work with the White House on this important effort, and we will continue our efforts to ensure that all children have access to high-quality early childhood education. As these public and private partners commit to invest in early childhood education today, we hope that they will invest in the educators who are giving our nation’s early learners a strong start on life.”

FairPoint Internet Outage This Morning Follows Failures of 911, Police and Fire Systems

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Company’s union workers say that such outages could be common in the future if FairPoint pushes through outsourcing plans

Service outages at FairPoint have spiked since company hired out-of-state contractors to replace skilled and experienced workforce

Latest breakdown at FairPoint follows failure of Vermont’s 911 network, and outages in emergency responder systems in Portsmouth, Exeter, etc.

SUMMARY OF FAIRPOINT-RELATED PUBLIC SAFETY OUTAGES BELOW

FairPoint Internet service went down in large parts of New Hampshire and Vermont this morning. This follows the failure of Vermont’s E-911 network and other emergency responder systems due to problems with FairPoint service.

Striking union workers say such outages could be common in the future if the company pushes through outsourcing plans. FairPoint, which is headquartered in North Carolina, has replaced strikers with out-of-state contractors who have struggled to maintain the region’s telecom network.

“The executives back in North Carolina don’t have to live with the chaos they’ve caused by attacking their skilled workers here in New England,” said Glenn Brackett, business manager of IBEW Local 2320 in New Hampshire. “Our 911 systems, our phones and our Internet are failing because their out-of-state contractors can’t do the work.”

This morning’s Internet outages in New Hampshire and Vermont have been reported widely in the region’s media. According to WMUR in New Hampshire, the Nashua city website was down due to the FairPoint failure and the Manchester website had also been affected. WCAX in Burlington said it was unable to update its list of school closings as a result of the FairPoint outage.

“We’re striking so these outages don’t become the new future at FairPoint,” said Don Trementozzi, president of Communications Workers of America Local 1400. “The company has been pushing for years to outsource work to low-wage contractors who don’t have the skills to do the job. We’ve got to strike to put a stop to this.”

Before today’s widespread Internet outage, there had already been a number of troubling failures in the region’s public safety systems related to problems at FairPoint. A summary of those FairPoint-related outages is below:

PUBLIC SAFETY SYSTEM FAILURES RELATED TO FAIRPOINT OUTAGES

- VERMONT 911 SYSTEM FAILURE. A break in a FairPoint line caused a five-and-a-half-hour outage of Vermont’s E-911 system on Friday, Nov. 28. FairPoint initially told the state that 45 calls were missed due to the failure, but state officials later learned that as many as 100 or more calls may have been missed, according to the Bennington Banner.

- PORTSMOUTH 911 & POLICE LINE OUTAGE. 911 service in Portsmouth failed on Wednesday, Dec. 3 and service had to be re-routed through Concord. According to the Portsmouth Herald, “A network problem with FairPoint, which started a little before 5 p.m. Wednesday evening, caused several police lines to go out of service.” A police source told the paper that the line for general police inquiries wasn’t restored until a little before 9 p.m. that night.

- MULTIPLE POLICE & SHERIFF LINES FAIL IN ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, N.H. Police and sheriff departments in Exeter and Rockingham County, N.H., also had trouble with their emergency dispatch lines on Wednesday, Dec. 3. Those two departments have service with BayRing Communications, but the problems were attributed to failures with the FairPoint network. According to the Manchester Union Leader, it was the second time in three months that a phone outage had hit Exeter police, the dispatch center at the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Department, and other local police.

- N.H. NORTH COUNTRY FIREHOUSE OUTAGE. The Fire Department in Stark, N.H., had no phone service at its firehouse for more than eight weeks. According to Chief Dana Hinkley, the department placed eight separate service calls to FairPoint. Service at the firehouse was finally restored this past Sunday, Dec. 7.

“We saw our state’s 911 system go down two weeks ago, so we know firsthand how serious this crisis has become,” said Mike Spillane, business manager of IBEW Local 2326 in Vermont. “FairPoint has to get back to the table with its skilled and experienced workers and settle a contract that’s fair to New England.”

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) System Council T-9 includes local unions in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont and represents nearly 1,700 employees at FairPoint Communications. The Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 1400 represents nearly 300 FairPoint employees in the three states. For more information, visit www.FairnessAtFairpoint.com.

Arnold For Mayor Campaign Releases First List of Public Supporters

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MANCHESTER, NEW HAMPSHIRE – Today, the Arnold for Mayor campaign released its first list of public supporters. The announcement comes one week after former Alderman Patrick Arnold announced his candidacy for Mayor of Manchester, along with a 24-member organizing committee of current and former elected officials, and community activists.

“Our campaign is proud to have early support from such a diverse group of supporters,” said Arnold. “In addition to our campaign’s 2015 organizing committee, today’s list includes more than sixty people who have joined our efforts to bring new leadership and a new vision to our city,” Arnold continued.

Patrick Arnold served as a Manchester Alderman from 2009 until 2014. In 2013, he was the Democratic candidate for mayor against Mayor Ted Gatsas, the Republican incumbent. Gatsas held off Arnold’s challenge in 2013 by 943 votes. In March 2014, the Manchester Board of Aldermen unanimously confirmed Arnold’s appointment to the city’s Conduct Committee. An attorney by trade, Arnold earned his law degree at the University of New Hampshire School of Law. He and his wife, Kathy, have a daughter, Abigail.

Public Supporters – Round 1

Armand Forest, State Representative and former Alderman

Bill Stelling, activist

Tim Smith, State Representative

Tracey Degges, community advocate

Bernard Garrity, Manchester Water Works Commissioner

Keith McCrea, activist

Richard Komi, former State Representative

Jeremy Dobson, State Representative

June Panagopoulos, activist

Marjorie Curran, activist

Melissa Amato

Edward Bailey

Patty Brennan

Ryan Cashin

Paul Caterina

Anne Cavanaugh

Rachel Ciechon

Jacqueline Coffin

Paula Collin

John Connarn

Donald Croteau

Ryan Curran

Renée Duval

Joel Elber, Manchester TV host

Gina Ferretti

Elenore Freedman

Alena & Jean Gregoire

Lorraine Gosselin

Gary & Heidi Hamer

Garry Haworth, activist

Kimberlee Hebert

Constance Hendry

Brian High

Amanda Johnson

Chuck Kalantzis, business owner

Louis Kammer

Eileen Kelley

Zane Knoy

Chris Mansfield

Helene & Yves Marquis

Nicole Marquis

Rebecca McLaughlin

Nora Mendel

Carlos Monzon

Pamela Murphy

Heather Pelletier

Gloria Pilotte, ward moderator

Constance Price

Kristen Robert

Leon Rousselle

John Rumfelt & Becky Barry Rumfelt

Tim Sawyer

Maria Silva

Nancy Skowronek Brome

Robert Sternberg

Renée Thibeault

Don “T” Tibbetts, former educator

Tony Turner

Brandon Vesci

Peter Wallner

Jack Walsh

Daniel Waszkowski

Jim Webber

Peter White, Manchester TV host

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George Bruno, former U.S. Ambassador and NH Democratic Party Chairman

Kathy Staub, at-large School Board member

Bob Bossie, former State Senator and Alderman

Kathy Kelley Arnold, former at-large School Board member

Peter Sullivan, former Alderman and State Representative

Jean Jeudy, State Representative

Bill Clayton, former State Representative

Amy Bradley, School Board member

Chris Herbert, State Representative and former School Board member

John O’Keefe, business owner

Remi Francoeur, former Republican activist

Mary Sysyn, former Alderman

Paul Cote

Carl “CJ” Hebert, veterans advocate and activist

Carol Williams, former State Representative and Manchester Transit Authority Commissioner

Maurice Pilotte, former State Representative

Dr. David George, college professor and activist

Jon Hopwood, writer and activist

Dan Bergeron, former School Board member

Steve Dolman, former Alderman and School Board member

Katie Desrochers, School Board member

Roger Beauchamp, former School Board member and State Representative

Shelly Pratte

Ron Boisvert, State Representative

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