On Wednesday, Fairpoint Communications and the union representing its workers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont are locking horns in federal court in Boston over the company hiring nonunion workers for contract work in Maine.

Representatives from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers contend that the collective bargaining unit prohibits Fairpoint from hiring an out-of-state contractor to perform the work of union members.

An independent arbitrator in 2012 and the U.S. District Court of Maine in January upheld that interpretation. Fairpoint has appealed to the higher court, and hearings began today, according to a release from the union.

Fairpoint’s appeals show “its determination to outsource Maine jobs at any cost,” the union said.

Efforts to contact Fairpoint’s spokesman, Jeff Nevins, were not immediately successful.

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Mario Moretto

Mario Moretto has been a Maine journalist, in print and online publications, since 2009. He joined the Bangor Daily News in 2012, first as a general assignment reporter in his native Hancock County and,...