Frontier Strike Continues
Frontier Communications has filed an injunction against protesters.
Nearly 1,400 Frontier employees, members of the Communication Workers of America in West Virginia and Ashburn, Virginia have been striking since March 4. The Communication Workers of America union leaders and Frontier failed to reach a contract agreement. The CWA says it is striking for 100 percent job security.
As for Frontier’s recent injunction, according to legal documents, more than 100 incidents of abuse have been reported to Frontier.
According to Frontier Communications Manager Andy Malinoski, the purpose of the injunction is to provide relief from “dangerous, destructive and reckless behavior” that has reportedly occurred during the strike.
“Frontier’s number one priority is the safety and security of our customers in West Virginia and the employees and contractors who are serving them during current strike by the Communications Workers of America,” Malinoski remarked.
Malinoski also released a statement regarding the status of negotiations.
“Our objective in these negotiations has been, and continues to be, to preserve good jobs with competitive wages and excellent benefits while addressing the needs of our ever-changing business. At this particular juncture, Frontier is electing not to comment further on the details associated with negotiations.”
The CWA also recently gave an update on negotiations. According to the CWA, the Union and Company Bargaining committees met March 16 in attempts to reach an agreement for a successful contract between the CWA and Frontier. However, the Union found the settlement package not only didn’t resolve current issues, but added new issues.
According to the union, the additional items would eliminate job security in the Ashburn, Virginia Network Operation Center, a healthcare proposal worse than the one offered before the strike and the addition of a third-tier consultant to the call center in Charleston.
The strike has received nationwide support from CWA and other union members across the country. Union members promise to continue ratcheting up pressure from the membership, the public, and elected officials until Frontier comes to the table and “secures members jobs and invests in the quality network their customers deserve.”