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Talks continue between Frontier union workers and management; no strike yet

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Bryan Agnello
A major water main break on the west side of Rochester Wed. evening caused flooding and forced a boil water advisory. This photo is on Troup St., not far from the break that happened on Favor St. on the southwest side of the city.

The head of the union representing about 300 Frontier Communications workers said on Saturday that talks were continuing with management in an effort to come up with a contract agreement, and the employees have not yet walked off the job.

The president of local 1170 of the Communications Workers of America, John Pusloskie, told WXXI News that there’s been “a little progress” after the union had said it would strike at midnight Friday if they could not come to an agreement on a new pact with Frontier management.

Talks were continuing Saturday to try to come to what Pusloskie had said was the need to produce a contract that would provide for fair wages, affordable health insurance, and a commitment to hire local people as Frontier builds out its fiber infrastructure.

Pusloskie said the union has been without a contract since the summer of 2020, and the union had agreed to wait to come to an agreement since Frontier was just coming out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

But he said on Friday that talks over the last several months have not been successful and Pusloskie said the union needs “fair wages that are in line with inflation, maintaining good wages for our members, they’ve earned them.”

There has been no comment yet from Frontier Communications management on the contract dispute.

Randy Gorbman is WXXI's director of news and public affairs. Randy manages the day-to-day operations of WXXI News on radio, television, and online.