CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A busload of local communications workers is traveling to Frontier Communications' corporate offices in Connecticut to participate in the company's annual shareholders meeting.
Dozens of members of the Communications Workers of America union boarded a charter bus in Charleston Tuesday morning to make the 12-hour trip to Frontier headquarters in Stamford, Conn.
Elaine Harris, the union's international representative, said a local contingent of workers has traveled to the annual meeting each year since Verizon first announced its intent to sell its West Virginia phone business to Frontier in 2009.
Local union members have made a practice of attending shareholder meetings in recent years. In addition to Frontier, Harris said representatives have attended annual meetings of Verizon, AT&T and other local telecommunications firms.
She said the shareholder meetings give workers a good opportunity to interact with company management.
"It's a good educational experience for those that have not attended," Harris said. "Each time you learn something new."
She said members want company leaders to continue to invest in West Virginia.
"Our focus is on jobs for West Virginia and taking care of the customer," Harris said.
In addition to boosting employment, she said maintaining an adequate workforce in the state will help maintain and improve phone service for local customers.
Unlike other company shareholder meetings, which typically take place in large hotel ballrooms, the Frontier meeting will be held at the company's corporate offices in Stamford.
Harris said the room at Frontier headquarters holds about 100 people.