June 9, 2023
BARGAINING REPORT #1
Bargaining opened Monday, June 5th between CWA and
Frontier. Opening remarks were exchanged with each party stating
their respective goals for a new contract for members in West
Virginia and Ashburn, Virginia.
The Union reminded the Company, despite challenges, and changes
over the past few years, not limited to a global pandemic,
bankruptcy, and Company leadership changes, CWA members have
shown up, worked hard, and played an indispensable role in
delivering quality service. We remain invested in the Company
and our communities.
Our members participated in the bargaining survey in
record numbers and set clear priorities for negotiations. Our
priorities are job security, securing bargaining unit work,
safety, quality affordable healthcare, and compensation that
recognizes the value our members bring.
The parties had extensive off-record discussions in which
Union Committee representatives expressed concern regarding
contractors, management practices, efficiencies, and the
perceived lack of respect shown by some in management for the
membership and the collective bargaining agreement.
The Company presented its proposal on Work-at-Home. The
Union asked initial questions at the bargaining table and is in
the process of reviewing in more detail.
Further bargaining is scheduled next week, June 13th through
Members play a crucial role in
achieving a fair contract. Thanks to everyone who wore black on
opening day and sent in pictures, wore red on Thursday, updated
their Facebook profile, and took part in other activities to
show support. Please reach out to the mobilizer in your area and
find out what activities are planned. If you are unsure who your
mobilizer is, contact your Local.