Frontier, CWA begin labor contract negotiations for Virginia workers

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Frontier and the Communications Workers of America (CWA) have begun talks on a new labor contract covering 1,600 employees in West Virginia and Ashburn, Virginia.

The current CWA contract expires on August 5.

CWA said in a release that its members are mobilizing at work sites and letting Frontier know that “we’re standing together for a fair contract.”

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The union’s representatives said they are ready and willing to negotiate a contract that fairly reflects the hard work of its members and their dedication to the customers they serve.

Frontier workers represented by the CWA elected their bargaining committee and set bargaining goals earlier this year. Committee members include President Ken William, 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.

While this proposal only covers a small portion of its workforce, it is important that Frontier continues to get the union contracts in place so the company can avoid any potential work stoppage.

Prior to 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.