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Union warns Frontier of possible worker strike as Saturday deadline nears


Charleston Gazette-Mail

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A union representing hundreds of Frontier Communications workers in West Virginia warns that employees are prepared to strike if no progress is made in contract negotiations before the current contract expires Saturday.

Beth Allen, a Communications Workers of America spokeswoman, said the main goal of workers in CWA District 2-13 is to get a contract that provides more job security and ends Frontier’s “extensive contracting” practices in the state.

“That’s one of our primary asks at the table, that those jobs be done by our experienced, well-trained workers and [Frontier] adequately staffs for the needs of West Virginia,” Allen said.

She said union members voted in favor of a strike “if necessary,” with the only remaining piece being for the union president to call a strike in consultation with the bargaining committee.<

If no substantial progress is made in contract negotiations, a strike could be called “as soon as Saturday,” Allen said.

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