Union Says Workers Ok New Frontier Contract

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Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- The Communications Workers of America says its members have approved a new labor contract with Frontier Communications.

The union said Wednesday that the deal extends the current contract through August 2013.

It includes raises of 2.75 percent in 2011 and 2.5 percent in 2012 and requires Frontier to keep at least 1,600 full-time workers in West Virginia.

The CWA says 97 percent of affected members voted for the agreement.

Frontier took over 620,000 landlines in West Virginia from Verizon recently.

The switch was part of a a broader agreement for Verizon to sell 4.8 million landlines in 14 states to Frontier for $8.6 billion.

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