Labor Issues

W.Va. Communications Workers Union Leader Surprised, Pleased With Tentative Frontier Contract Agreement

Now heading to a rank and file vote, the tentative four-year contract agreement reached Saturday between the Communications Workers of America and Frontier Communications covers about 1,400 mostly West Virginia based employees.

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W.Va. Amtrak Stations Set To Reopen Friday Following Labor Agreement

Pending the contract’s final approval, rail workers won the right to attend appointments like doctors’ visits and family emergencies without punishment from their employers. Workers will also earn a 24 percent wage increase through 2024.

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W.Va. Unemployment, Labor Force Participation Numbers Both Low

West Virginia had a 3.7% unemployment rate for March – making it a six-month run of the lowest unemployment numbers in state history.West Virginia’s labor force participation numbers, however, remain among the lowest in the country at 55%. That’s 7% below the national average.That means nearly half of West Virginia’s eligible population is not working or even trying to find a job.

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LISTEN: Author Wiley Cash on Novel 'The Last Ballad'

Author Wiley Cash is the 2017 Appalachian Heritage Writer-in-Residence at Shepherd University. His newest novel The Last Ballad will be released October…

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