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Frontier workers continue strike


Despite frigid temperatures on Wednesday, Frontier Communications workers went on strike for the fourth-straight day. They are taking a stand for what they believe is right. 

"We're out here for job security and trying to keep jobs in the state of West Virginia instead of allowing contractors to come in out of the state," said Curtis Simms, a striker. "We're also out here to make Frontier keep the promise of upgrading the plant and providing better services to the customers."

Nearly 1,400 workers across the two Virginias have been on strike since Sunday because of contract disputes between their company and the union. But keeping jobs local is the top priority of the strikers. 

"Our employees, well, they're people in our community. They're your neighbors and people you go to church with and your friends. They know the areas and where the needs are and how to service the customers and that's what we're fighting for," said Elisha Edgell, another striker. 

At the end of the day, the strikers are braving the cold weather to prove one thing to the community.

"We wouldn't be out here unless we cared, and that's what we're trying to show everybody -- that we care. I mean, it's cold out here. It's been cold for days," Simms said. 

As of Wednesday evening there is no end in sight for the strikers, but Frontier has said that it wants to reach an agreement soon. 

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