"The company was stonewalling us for four months. Nothing happened until we held rallies across the country. In the next two months, we were able to get a good contract.
"Tell your co-workers: 'You need to be here too.'" Hall said. "You have the complete support of more than 1.3 million members of the Teamsters union across the country."
Ron Collins, CWA's national chief of staff, agreed.
"It doesn't matter if you have a dozen Einsteins at the bargaining table or a dozen monkeys. The contract is going to be won in the field," he said.
Dana Waldo, senior vice president and general manager of Frontier in West Virginia, said, "Frontier provides its employees with very competitive wages and benefits. Frontier once again will bargain in good faith, just as it has done in recent negotiations that led to contract ratifications in West Virginia with CWA Locals 2276 and 2001 and IBEW [International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers] Local 317."
During the past three years, Frontier has invested nearly $300 million to improve West Virginia's communications infrastructure. "We remain committed to that task," Waldo said.
Josh Sword, secretary-treasurer of the West Virginia AFL-CIO who attended the rally, said, "I am proud to be here in support of the CWA as they move forward in the negotiation process with Frontier.
"They bring morale and encouragement to their members as they go into what could be tough negotiations," Sword said.
Edward Mooney, vice president of CWA District 2-13, said, "Contract negotiations can be a stressful time for our members, so we are out here today to show we have their backs 100 percent."
Reach Paul J. Nyden at pjny...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5164.