For the Cumberland Times-News
CUMBERLAND — The Communications Workers of America and Frontier Communications announced a second extension to the current labor contract, until Jan. 18.
The contract covers more than 1,600 employees in West Virginia, according to the CWA.
The original labor contract expired Aug. 2 but Frontier requested an extension until Oct. 12 to which CWA agreed.
Agreements have not yet been reached between the union and the company on critical agenda items, and both sides felt they would be unable to complete negotiations by the deadline, CWA announced. Negotiations between the union and company will continue.
The contract covers former Verizon employees who became Frontier employees when Frontier Communications purchased Verizon’s land lines in West Virginia as part of a multistate, $8.6 billion deal in 2009.
“With the holiday season approaching, it was important to extend the current contract,” said CWA International Representative Elaine Harris. “It gives our members one less thing to worry about during a busy time of year.”
The employees represented by CWA have been negotiating a new contract with Frontier for the past four months.