By Jonathan Williams
Times West Virginian
The ground was damp, but the spirit wasn’t at a rainy Saturday rally by the Communication Workers of America (CWA) to show labor solidarity as the union negotiates an extension of employee contracts with Frontier Communications.
In 2009, Frontier purchased landlines in West Virginia from Verizon, in the process taking on Verizon employees. At that time, they negotiated a contract with those employees to ensure their wages and benefits were not adversely affected as a result of the merging process.
The contract will expire Aug. 2, and the CWA feels the negotiations are not making much progress. At stake are health care benefits, which Frontier wants to raise costs on, and using contract labor in place of their established workforce.