Contract Q & A Sessions

25 people per session

Register for one of the session’s below by contacting Gwen Castlin at

If you are not able to attend a session, the most frequently asked questions are posted in the member’s area with the contract.

Voting on the contract will begin March 8 at Noon and will end March 10 at noon and will be done electronically. Watch your email for information from Simply Voting (likely arriving by March 5).

Date of Session Time of Session
Wednesday, March 3, 2021 11:00 a.m. to 11:55 a.m.
Wednesday, March 3, 2021 Noon to 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 3, 2021 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 4, 2021 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Thursday, March 4, 2021 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.



For the new contract information check under the members tab.

We are pleased to announce that the City was willing to work with us on a settlement to resolve the Union Grievance concerning Merit Pay.

If the contract is ratified (voting March 8 from noon through March 10 noon) the City has agreed to settle the Union Grievance concerning Merit Pay by lifting the freeze on merit pay increase retroactively to January 1, 2021.

Based upon the risk inherent in arbitrating this grievance, the union believes the settlement is in the best interest of the bargaining unit because it guarantees bargaining unit employees the opportunity to receive a 2020 merit pay increase in 2021, in addition to removing the freeze on merit pay increases. Employees must be employed by the City and have met the merit requirements.

Fellow CWA Local 4502 Member,

Your rights at work are under attack by an extremist organization. The so-called Freedom Foundation is using your personal information to further their agenda of undermining good pay, health insurance, pensions and job security in the public sector.  Don’t take the bait.

That these third party extremists would launch their attack on you and your union now – during a pandemic and while we are in contract negotiations with the City – tells you what they really stand for. Don’t help them hurt you and your family.  Don’t opt out of supporting your Union and your co-workers.

CWA Local 4502 is your Union. Together we are stronger.

In June 2020 we heard from members who received text messages on their personal cell phones from the Freedom Foundation. Now (December 2020) they are pursuing members through their work email.

The Freedom Foundation wants to take away our ability to negotiate for better wages and benefits and have a secure retirement.  This is our next Senate Bill 5. But just like Senate Bill 5, Ohioans aren’t buying what they’re selling. Ohio voters overwhelming repealed that damaging, anti-worker law. Ohio’s unions, including CWA, have continued to fight and win better compensation, benefits and working conditions for the employees we represent. That is why the Freedom Foundation is targeting union members like you.

The Freedom Foundation is telling members they can drop out of the union and still get all of the benefits without paying dues. But we know that’s not a winning strategy. Our members understand that strength at the bargaining table requires the membership to stand in solidarity with one another and their union. That is especially important as we get ready to start negotiations over your pay, benefits and working conditions with the City of Columbus.  Each one of us needs to stick together in support of our union and to protect our bargaining rights.

If you are contacted by an anti-union pusher from the Freedom Foundation, don’t sign anything and ask them to remove you from their list.  If you receive an email from this deceptive organization, forward it to  You can also visit for more information. In order to fight back, tell your co-workers about how the Freedom Foundation is threatening everyone’s wages, benefit and working conditions. Most importantly, stay involved in CWA Local 4502. It’s your Union and we need to keep it strong for all of us.

Review the Letter from President Susan Wilson for more background information, who this organization is and how they got your personal information. NOTE: This letter was mailed to all CWA Local 4502 members in February 2020.

Negotiations Update:

Due to COVID, contract negotiations were placed on hold as of March 19. This was extended to July 31. It was agreed in writing that any wage increases would be applied retroactively to the end of our contract (4/24/2020).

Even so, negotiations are now up and running. Our team, Jon Wentz (attorney), Susan Wilson, Jim Weber, Hugh Williams, Oyama Hall and Deb Danter are set up with ample social distancing and safe protocols in place in our union hall to negotiate with the city’s team via video conferencing. The teams met July 16 and 17; August 11, 21 and 31. The city never established any dates to meet in September, but met with our team October 12 to make a presentation on City finances.

The teams met November 9, 10, 18, 23 and 30.

The next scheduled dates to meet and bargain are: December 8, 9 and 14.

We would prefer your home email address for contract negotiations updates.


The union office will be closed on Thursday, November 26th and Friday, November 27th to observe the Thanksgiving day holiday.

Today at the union hall, there is an annual audit being performed by a third party independent auditing firm.  This is done to ensure that the union’s financials comply with proper accounting procedures and to ensure that we follow the highest financial standards.