Restraining order against striking Frontier workers granted

Posted at 8:54 AM, Mar 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-17 08:58:48-04

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia judge has granted a telecommunications company a temporary restraining order against its protesting employees.

Roughly 1,400 Frontier Communications employees in West Virginia and Ashburn, Virginia, represented by the Communication Workers of America have been striking since March 4 after union leaders and the company failed to reach a contract agreement.

News outlets reported Frontier filed its request for an injunction Thursday. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports for now, it has the order granted by Kanawha County Circuit Court Judge Charles King that will be in effect until 5 p.m. Monday.

Frontier's Thursday filing says CWA and its affiliates have "embarked down a dangerous and lawless road."

Ed Mooney, vice president of CWA District 2-13, says union members are following the law and the filing is an attempt to subdue strikers through the courts.