Frontier Communications, West Virginia
FairPoint workers and supporters in Portland, Maine, rally for a fair contract on Labor Day.
CWA members at Frontier Communications in West Virginia ratified a new four-year agreement, retroactive to August 2013. CWAers joined in months of mobilization to support their bargaining team. The agreement covers about 1,500 workers.
On Labor Day, members of CWA Local 1400 and the IBEW who work at FairPoint Communications, joined by union activists and supporters throughout Portland, Maine, pushed the company to get back to the bargaining table. Hundreds of union members, showing their support for the workers' fair contract fight, marched from the Southern Maine Labor Council's annual Labor Day breakfast to the rally, then through the streets of downtown Portland to the FairPoint building. The company walked away from negotiations and imposed a contract on Aug. 28; CWA and the IBEW have filed charges with the National Labor Relations Board.
About 2,000 FairPoint workers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont are covered by the negotiations.