Frontier Communications Corp. and a telecommunications union have inked an agreement that helps move Frontier along with its plan to complete the acquisition of AT&T’s wireline business and fiber network in Connecticut.
After the $2 billion acquisition closes, which includes AT&T’s U-verse video and satellite TV customers, Frontier will employ about 3,000 employees in Connecticut who serve roughly 1 million customers.
Frontier said this week it agreed to honor and extend the current collective bargaining agreement until April 2018. Some components of the agreement include the addition of 85 new union jobs, a new service center for dispatch, and U-verse technician support and the granting of 100 Frontier shares to each employee.
The pact between Frontier and the Communications Workers of America (CWA) is contingent upon the approval of the AT&T acquisition by the FCC, the Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority and closing of the deal, which Frontier expects will happen in the fourth quarter of this year.
Bill Henderson, resident of CWA Local 1298, said the agreement was struck following “several months of complex negotiations."
“More Connecticut jobs, an extended contract, no layoffs, and strengthened wages and benefits mean a happy and productive workforce, and a stronger Connecticut," said Rep. Rosa DeLauro, a Democrat from Connecticut.
Frontier, which has been based in Connecticut since 1946 and offers services in 27 states, announced an agreement last year to acquire AT&T’s local wireline, video and broadband operations in the Constitution State for $2 billion.