PORTLAND, Maine — FairPoint Communications announced plans Thursday to lay off more than 110 employees from Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, union representatives said Friday.

One union member said Friday morning that 110 employees would lose their jobs, but later in the day others said the number had increased to 153.

“We were extremely disheartened to learn yesterday — just one week before Thanksgiving — that FairPoint Communications of Northern New England plans to eliminate 153 positions in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont,” Don Trementozzi, president of Communications Workers of America Local 1400, and Peter McLaughlin, business manager for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 2327, said in a joint statement.

Earlier in the day, Mary Lefebvre of the Telephone Pioneers of America Jasper N. Keller Chapter No. 33, which covers the three New England states, said the layoffs would affect “110 across the footprint.”

Lefebvre said that since she is retired she did not know whether the employees given pink slips would get severance packages or any other benefits.

“It’s too bad, especially this time of year,” she said. “The sad point is I know that they’re doing more with less and this means it will be even more with less.”

The IBEW represents 1,400 FairPoint employees and the Communications Workers of America represents 150 FairPoint employees.

The exact number of employees affected is still in flux, but “about 3 percent [of the 1,550 total workers] would be impacted in Maine and 6.36 percent in Vermont and New Hampshire,” FairPoint spokeswoman Angelynne Beaudry said Friday. That would amount to around 46 employees in Maine.

“We do not make these decisions lightly, and we understand the personal impact these actions have, but we must take what are often difficult steps to address the reality of a decline in landline usage,” Beaudry said in an email. “We are in a highly competitive industry and have seen a decline in the past 12 months. As any prudent business would, we need to align the size of our workforce to meet the needs of the business.”

Karen Turner, FairPoint chief financial officer and executive vice president of human resources, described the layoffs as “workforce restructuring” required after a loss in revenue in a letter to employees that was sent to the Bangor Daily News.

“The realities of intense competition, changing technologies and evolving consumer preferences have impacted our revenue and subscriber counts,” Turner’s letter states. “Over the past 12 months, we have experienced a 4 percent decline in revenue and an 11 percent reduction in our voice line count.”

The unions and company officials are scheduled to meet early next week to discuss details of the layoffs. FairPoint, which weathered a 131-day strike in late 2014, laid off 79 line workers and technicians from Maine in 2015 as part of 260 layoffs across 17 states.

“This latest attack on FairPoint workers is just one more example of the company’s complete disregard for its workforce and its customers,” Trementozzi and McLaughlin said in their statement. “These same workers helped bring the company back from bankruptcy in 2011 after a disastrous acquisition in 2008. Since the major layoff in 2015, those workers who remained have been asked to do more with less time and time again, and our customers are the ones who suffer. But the Wall Street owners of this company have always had one strategy, to cut costs and maximize their profits no matter the impact on our communities.

“We plan to fight hard for every single job,” the joint statement said. “FairPoint workers proved during a historic 131-day strike in the winter of 2014-15 that we are united and will stand up for good jobs and quality service in our communities. Nothing has changed.”

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