Communications workers in West Virginia begin strike

The picketing lines will begin on Monday morning

WEST VIRGINIA - Frontier Communications workers in West Virginia are on strike after contract negotiations failed.

Officials with the Communications Workers of America union announced that as of 12:01 Sunday morning, 14,000 workers were on strike. 78 of those workers live in the Eastern Panhandle region.

Local CWA President, Christopher Bird said he doesn't know how long the strike will last, but the union is willing to negotiate to keep their jobs within the state.

"Mainly it's about good jobs in the state. Work that starts in the state of West Virginia needs to stay in West Virginia," Bird explained. "So if you call a service center at Frontier the call needs to stay in the state. It doesn't need to be sent to India or Florida or Texas. The union is ready to walk whenever they're ready. Whenever they're ready to talk and negotiate."

Communications workers will picket Monday morning in Martinsburg and Keyser.

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