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Frontier Communications employees, elected officials, and union leaders gathered in Palatine Park in Fairmont Saturday for a rally.

The rally was to support Frontier workers who are in the midst of ongoing contract negotiations with the company.

The Communications Workers of America have been negotiating a new contract for the past three weeks without much progress.

According to WBOY-TV, workers said they want Frontier to demonstrate real commitment to its employees and its customers in West Virginia.

"Frontier Communications acquired the properties of another company in this state," said David Fox, a Frontier employee. "They came in with a promise that they would secure West Virginia workers. That's what we intend to hold them to."

The employees' current contract affects 1,600 Frontier employees and will expire on August 2nd at midnight.

Dana Waldo, senior vice president and general manager for West Virginia, released the following statement:

"Frontier Communications's involved in contract negotiations with the Communication Workers of America (CWA) 142, whose contract is scheduled to expire on August 2, 2013. This contract covers approximately 1,600 Frontier employees in West Virginia.

"Frontier provides its employees with very competitive wages and benefits. Frontier will bargain in good faith with the union, just as it has done in past negotiations that led to contract ratifications in West Virginia with CWA Locals 2276 and 2001 and IBEW Locals 317 and 2035.

"During the past three years, Frontier Communications has invested $300 million to deliver unprecedented improvements and advancements to West Virginia's communications infrastructure. We remain committed to that task."