Frontier, CWA agree to extend labor contract negotiations in Virginia

A CWA demonstration
Initially set to expire Aug. 5, the contract has now been extended until Nov. 4, 2017.

Frontier and the Communications Workers of America (CWA) are extending discussions for a new labor contract by three months, giving the telco and the union more time to work out key issues.

The agreement covers 1,600 CWA members at Frontier Communications in West Virginia and Ashburn, Virginia.

Initially set to expire Aug. 5, the contract has now been extended until Nov. 4, 2017.

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Beginning in early May, CWA’s elected bargaining team has been working to negotiate a fair agreement.

Committee members are President Ken Williams, Local 2001; President Rick McKinney, Local 2007; President Shannon Fink, Local 2009, and CWA staff Linda Miller, Elaine Harris, and Letha Perry, chair of the committee.

Similar to other agreements the CWA has worked on with Frontier, union workers have cited employment security and keeping good jobs in hometown communities as their key priorities.

Before completing its acquisition of Verizon’s assets in Texas, California and Florida, Frontier reached a key labor agreement with the CWA District 6, covering workers in Texas and Missouri in 2015.