Minutes from Monthly T&T Conference Calls
The monthly call was held Tuesday, May 11, 2021, at 6:00 p.m. (EDT), hosted by Lisa Bolton,
Vice President, T&T.
Locals present on the call: 2001, 2010, 3673, 4372, 4671, 7270, 9003, 9400, 9404, 9510 and
Staff present on the call: Brenda Roberts (Vice President, District 7), Shannon Kirkland
(District 4), Tony Shaffer (District 6), Joe Gosiger (District 7) and Dan Reynolds (Research,
President Shelton is setting up a meeting with CEO. Reminder about the mobilization action
for Navajo Communications.
Joe Gosiger: District 7 isn’t part of the modernization plan!! IA and NE have no PUC so that
is a problem.
Navajo Communication update: One of the items at the table was no 40 hour work week or
no contracting during a surplus. The President of Local 7019 went to legislators and got letters
of support, outlining how important the 40 hour work week and contracting issue is. After the
letters went out, the Company came back and wanted to talk about the contracting and the 40
hour guarantee. This political action has worked well!! The worse bargaining I’ve ever been
at!! There are three IBEW locals that have settled and all got a 1.75% wage increase each year
(3) and left medical alone. Then in the Kingman, AZ (IBEW) unit they got a 4th year raise of
2%. We have to address the staffing problem.
See attached PowerPoint presentation from Dan Reynolds.
Telecommunications & TechnologiesLocal 7270: Concern MN, $10M into a fiber project, it was a success but we are concerned
that we don’t have the staffing to do new work. This work was all done by contractors and
that is a big concern. We have less than 100 members down from 400. I’m concerned that
they are going to leave MN out.
The Company offered to extend the contract indefinitely with a 90 day wait period for either
side. We did make an off the record counter offer for a small increase and keep everything
else status quo. 35 people are still eligible for retiree healthcare. MN has been identified to
add 15 positions only 2 for CWA and 13 IBEW.
Local 3673: Last year we did info request and showed the Company how the contractors
were causing the company to lose money and we just had 17 people hired. Smaller markets:
what is the chance of sales of smaller areas??
Dan: nothing mentioned directly to us, but this is something we will be watching.
Local 3673 will send VP Bolton a copy of the information request for distribution/discussion.
COVID Pay Issues
Tony Shafer will send the one member’s information with a pay issue to VP Bolton.
The call ended at 6:59 p.m.
Frontier – New Fiber Focus
● Frontier emerged from bankruptcy on April 30
● New Leadership Team
● Executive Chairman John Stratton
● CEO Nick Jeffery
● Chief Network Officer Veronica Bloodworth
● “Frontier’s purpose is to be a leader in building
Gigabit America” – CEO Nick Jeffery
“Modernization Plan” For Fiber
● Eight States Identified for Fiber –
● “CTFC” (California, Texas, Florida, Connecticut)
● “WINO” (West Virginia, Illinois, New York, Ohio)
● Other States “Under Review” – Pennsylvania,
Indiana, Among Others
● Company Currently engaged in a “100-day
Strategic Review” of operations – Investor Day
to Announce Strategic Plan planned for August
“We recognize, time to market is an absolutely critical
success factor and to that end, Nick and his leadership
team are driving two critical questions, how far and how
fast?” – Exec Chair John Stratton
“Frontier has several advantages in building our modern
fiber network…We have a terrific work force of
thousands of employees, who build this fiber rapidly,
which new entrants or smaller players cannot easily
replicate.” – CEO Nick Jeffery