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Communications Workers Of America, Frontier Announce Temporary Contract Extension

Reported: Apr. 4, 2014 4:22 PM EDT
Updated: Apr. 4, 2014 6:47 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Jeff Morris) – The Communications Workers of America and Frontier Communications on Friday announced a fourth extension, until April 25, to the current labor contract.

The contract covers about 1,600 Frontier employees in West Virginia who are members of CWA, according to a news release from the union.

News of the extension comes the same day that the union staged an informational picket on MacCorkle Avenue in Charleston and at other company locations in West Virginia.

The original labor contract expired on August 2, 2013. Since that time Frontier and CWA have agreed to a series of extensions while they continue to negotiate complex issues. Discussions between the union and the company on critical agenda items are progressing but the union said both sides felt another extension was the appropriate solution.

The past three contract extensions were for periods of three months or more. The extension announced Friday is only for an additional 20 days.

The contract under negotiation covers former Verizon employees who became Frontier employees when Frontier purchased Verizon’s landlines in West Virginia as part of a multi-state, $8.6 billion deal in 2009.

“We felt an extension was appropriate for both our members and the company,” said CWA International Representative Elaine Harris. “The extension alleviates some of the pressure on negotiations, which allows us to continue to focus and negotiate diligently on the issues important to our members.”



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