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CWA Workers Rally Outside Frontier Headquarters

By: Jennifer Rizzi Email
By: Jennifer Rizzi Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Hundreds of workers showed their strength in solidarity Saturday while rallying in Charleston.

The Communications Workers of America (CWA) gathered at the headquarters of Frontier Communications on MacCorkle Ave.

The union is in the middle of contract negotiations with the company.

"We just want a fair shake," said CWA member Jeffrey Clark. "They make money, and we want to make money as well."

Employees say healthcare is a big point of concern and are fighting against a proposal to pay more for their coverage.

"We're in dangerous situations," Clark said. "I'm a lineman, and we're up in hilly areas near power lines. Just one wrong mistake could mean somebody's life."

The United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) also made a big showing. Members say even though they're not personally involved, they take a personal interest in the negotiations.

"They came to our rallies and showed support for us, and now we're trying to do the same for them," member Joe Carter said.

WSAZ.com spoke with representatives from Frontier, who released the following statement:

"Frontier is focused on renegotiating a fair contract with the CWA through good-faith negotiations.

"We operate in a competitive marketplace, and our goal remains constant: to provide West Virginians with competitively priced, 21st century broadband communications services that create more jobs in West Virginia, better educate our children and make a meaningful contribution to improving the overall quality of life in the state."

Union workers say they discuss new offers with Frontier on a daily basis.

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