Thanks to CWA members' involvement in the Frontier Communications bankruptcy process, the plan of reorganization that the U.S. Bankruptcy Court approved last week does not include changes to CWA's collective bargaining agreements or benefits at the company.
Protecting our benefits and collective bargaining agreements was a priority during these negotiations. There are, however, many outstanding questions about the effect of the plan on frontline employees and whether or not Frontier will follow through on badly-needed investments in broadband deployment and service quality.
The plan of reorganization must still be approved by state regulatory agencies and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). In a filing last week, CWA asked the Commission to require Frontier to commit to investing in its network to support all Frontier customers and to no job reductions post-restructuring. Sufficient resources and a trained workforce are needed to improve Frontier's struggling infrastructure.
CWA members' hard work has kept the company afloat through years of mismanagement. We must ensure that CWA members are part of Frontier's future, and hold Frontier accountable to its customers and to the communities it serves.