Frontier Communications workers picket; they demand a living wage and better health care | To work

SUN PRAIRIE (WKOW) — Some Frontier Communications employees are protesting.

Frontier Communications is a telecommunications company that provides television, Internet, wireless, and telephone services to many rural areas of Wisconsin.

Workers at its Sun Prairie site are picketing days before the start of contract negotiations on Tuesday, April 5, 2022.

“We struggled with Frontier for years to get a fair contract,” said Judy Brasda, a Frontier Communications employee.

Brasda and dozens of his colleagues at Sun Prairie Frontier Communications are united.

They say they have not been fairly compensated and before contract negotiations, their demands are basic.

“To make sure they get a raise, that they get good health care so they can take care of their families,” said Steven Kotel, president of Communication Workers of America (CWA) Local. 4671.

Workers say they are picketing because their pay is not enough to live on, especially with the rising cost of living.

“Daycare costs are expensive. They still have to pay for all that food. You know, it’s not easy,” Brasda said.

The workers said they stuck with Frontier Communications during their difficult times.

“A lot of our members have really held on for several years and tried to get the company through bankruptcy due to COVID Mandatory six day work weeks to try to keep this company on track so that when they come out, everyone would be better off,” Kotel said.

As we move past the pandemic, long-serving employees like Brasda, who has worked at Frontier Communications for 26 years, said they were in dire straits and now felt abandoned by Frontier.

“We worked during the pandemic, all of our technicians worked in the fields without hazard pay, they work in this kind of weather, it’s cold and snowy. We have to earn a living wage so that we can continue to do what we do. do,” Brasda said.

27 News has contacted Frontier Communications several times for a statement, but we have not received a response.

Michael A. Bynum