CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Communications Workers of America and Frontier Communications announced late Thursday afternoon that they would extend their current labor contract that covers 1,600 employees in West Virginia.The contract was set to expire at midnight on Friday, but the union and company agreed to extend the contract until Oct. 12. CWA international representative Elaine Harris said the union agreed to Frontier's request to extend the contract and to continue negotiations. She said both sides felt they were unable to complete negotiations by the time the current contract, negotiated between Verizon and the CWA, expired. In 2009, Frontier bought Verizon's landlines in West Virginia, as part of an $8.6 billion deal that involved several states.
Last Saturday, more than 300 CWA members and supporters gathered for a rally in front of Frontier's headquarters in Kanawha City.Verizon workers officially became Frontier employees in 2010, after Frontier finalized the agreement to buy Verizon's landlines in West Virginia and 13 other states.