Frontier employees in West Virginia are on strike for an unlimited period of a time after a contract extension expired. About 1,400 Frontier union workers went on strike midnight on Saturday after the company and the Communication Workers of America (CWA) failed to reach agreement on a fair contract with Frontier Communications.
According to the Communications Workers of America, negotiations between the union and company have been ongoing since last May and the union failed to come to an agreement, therefore, its workers in District 2-13 went on strike.
Frontier Communications’ Adam Malinoski said in detail, the lack of agreement between the two parties is all about job security in the background of layoff protection. The failed contract protected 85% of unionized workers and now the union wants 100% layoff protection.
CWA District 2-13 Vice President Ed Mooney said the union is demanding the company to rebuild and keep its network in West Virginia.
This is not the first time Frontier is facing the problem, in 2015, the company was forced to pay $160 Million for three years as a part of the settlement with the State of West Virginia, after disappointed with falsely promised internet speeds.
Ed Mooney, Vice President of CWA District 2-13 said, “Going on strike is never easy. It’s a hardship for our members and the customers who we are proud to serve. But the job cuts at Frontier have gone too far — we know it and Frontier’s customers know it. It’s time for Frontier to start investing in maintaining and rebuilding its network in West Virginia.”