Elaine Harris, CWA's international representative in West Virginia, based in Charleston, said, "We felt an extension was the best solution for both our members and the company.
"The extension alleviates a bit of stress for our members and allows us to continue to negotiate diligently on issues of vital concern to them," she said.
Arndt, the Frontier executive, said, "We are optimistic that we will make positive progress on the core issues. The company is committed to have the right decision-makers at the table, find common ground and get to a full tentative agreement.
"Frontier Communications knows that settling this contract is important for our employees, our customers, our business in West Virginia, as well as the health of the many local economies in the state," Arndt said.
Today, Frontier Communications has 13,900 employees in 27 different states.
Frontier provides telephone and internet services, as well as a variety of specialized computer and satellite services, to individuals, home offices, local businesses and national corporations.
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