CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Communications Workers of America and Frontier Communications announced a third contract extension on Sunday, to allow negotiations to continue until April 5.
A prior extension had ended on October 12 and another had ended on Saturday.
The original contract, which expired on August 2, covers about 1,600 employees in West Virginia.
In a press release, Frontier officials said the third extension of negotiations will give them an opportunity to work directly with CWA leaders to reach a new contract.
Both Ed Mooney, a CWA International Vice President, and Ken Arndt, President of Frontier's East Region Area, will participate in upcoming collective bargaining.
In a press release, the CWA stated, "Agreements have not yet been reached between the union and the company on critical agenda items, and both sides felt they would be unable to complete negotiations by the deadline.
"The recent water crisis also necessitated the cancellations of scheduled contract talks and caused further delays."
The contract covers former Verizon employees who became Frontier employees after Frontier bought Verizon's landlines in West Virginia. The purchase was part of a multi-state, $8.6 billion dollar deal made in 2009.