CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Frontier Communications and the Communications Workers of America have extended their contract for workers in West Virginia while they continue negotiations.
It's the second contract extension since negotiations began about four months ago.
The old contract expired Aug. 2 and was extended until Oct. 12.
The Associated Press reports that the latest extension will run until Jan. 18, 2014.
The contract covers more than 1,600 workers in West Virginia who formerly were Verizon employees. Frontier bought Verizon's landlines in the state in 2009.
Both parties announced Thursday that they agreed to extend the current contract, which covers 1600 employees in West Virginia, until October 12, while negotiations continue.
The extension comes after both sides decided they would be unable to complete negotiations for a new contract before the original expiration date of August 2 at midnight.
The contract covers former Verizon employees who became Frontier employees when Frontier Communications purchased Verizon’s landlines in West Virginia as part of a multi-state, $8.6 billion dollar deal in 2009.
The employees, represented by the CWA, have been in negotiations on a new contract with Frontier for the past month.
The existing contract covering 1,600 workers in West Virginia expires Aug. 2 at midnight.
The union is planning rallies on Saturday in Fairmont and on July 27 in Charleston.
Frontier senior vice president Dana Waldo says the company will bargain in good faith.