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.