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Frontier Strike Ends; CWA Says Deal Reached

April 1, 2018

By Steve Wishnia and Neal Tepel

CHARLESTON, W.Va.—The Communications Workers of America announced it reached a tentative contract agreement that will end the three-week strike at Frontier Communications Mar. 25. The union did not give specific details about the deal, but said it will protect jobs in West Virginia and Ashburn, Va. The 1,400 strikers will return to work Mar. 28. “I could not be more proud of our members,” CWA District 2-13 Vice President Ed Mooney said. “Thanks to their strength and unity, our bargaining team has reached an agreement with Frontier that will ensure that they will continue to have good, family-supporting jobs.” Job security was the main issue in the walkout, as Frontier management wanted the ability to lay off up to 15% of workers and the CWA wanted 100% of jobs protected. “We don’t need the money, we’re comfortable with what we make,” line worker Shawn Lacy of Huntington told WV MetroNews at a rally in Charleston Mar. 24. “We’re after job security, that’s all we’re caring about. If you pay me $300 an hour but you don’t guarantee me a job—that $300 an hour is useless.” Read more

April 1, 2018

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