Frontier Communications (Nasdaq: FTR) employees in West Virginia are stepping up efforts for their voices to be heard as the carrier negotiates with the Communications Workers of America on a new contract that would affect about 1,600 Frontier workers in the state.
Just a few days after employees rallied at Frontier's state headquarters in Charleston, workers and their supporters came out for another rally this weekend in Fairmont, W. Va.
The current union contract, the first to come up for negotiation since Frontier acquired wireline properties in West Virginia from Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ), expires on Aug. 2. Frontier earlier this year agreed to a deal with the IBEW union in Illinois that extended by one year the current contract for Frontier employees there. Frontier is just one of several large telcos that continue to face increasingly difficult contract talks with unions that are attempting to protect their pay and pensions.
The latest activities come about a week after the employees had a town hall meeting with CWA President Larry Cohen and other union officials regarding progress toward a new deal. However, The State Journal reported this weekend that there has been little progress thus far in the negptiations.
The West Virginia union members also are planning another rally this Saturday, July 27 in Charleston.
-read The State Journal story on this weekend's rally
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