FREE ONLINE COLLEGE
Do you know about the free college benefit offered by Eastern Gateway Community College, via Union Plus? It is 100% online and freeClasses begin in June.

Visit https://www.unionplus.org/benefits/education/union-plus-free-college or apply: https://egcc.edu/admission/application/union/ . Select “Union Plus” as the union you belong to.

Feel free to contact our Local 4502 Organizer, Wayne Trakas-Lawlor, for a first-hand recommendation and learn about his experience in this program: [email protected]

CAPITAL UNIVERSITY offers half-off tuition for Civil Servants.
https://radio.wosu.org/post/capital-university-offering-half-tuition-families-public-service?

Effective the first pay period in April, our Health Insurance rates changed. Most years there is an increase based on our previous year’s actual expenses, and this year is no exception.

View all Bargaining Units’ rates:  2020 Health Isurance Rates (CWA is in blue).

Single: $145.12/month
Family: $362.80/month

Hired after 12/1/2017:
Single: $193.49/month
Family: $483.73/month

View all Bargaining Units’ 2019 rates:2019 Health Insurance Rates

 

Any employee that believe they  has been exposed to the cornavirus please fill out the attached form.  Under description of pandemic exposure indicate if it was possible or confirmed exposure and return the completed form to [email protected]

 

COVID 03-16-2020

CWA Local 4502 is offering members an incentive for supporting local arts/sciences/historical organizations (ASH). CWA members can then choose a Kroger, Target or Cameron Mitchell Restaurants gift card (only one per member, per calendar year). Note: You may already have an eligible membership to the zoo, COSI, etc. that can be used for this program, as long as it is not expired.

This program will be offered during an annual open-enrollment period during which, the member will RSVP via email noting they will participate in ASH. The email should indicate which gift card is preferred and if the member plans to attend the May Membership Meeting (date TDB) or would rather pick up their incentive during office hours. In person pick up is required.

Open Enrollment: On Hold; Date TBD
RSVP via email to [email protected]
Indicate the preferred gift card (Kroger, Target, Cameron Mitchell).
Indicate Membership Meeting or Office Pick Up.

Membership Meeting Pick Up: Date TBD in upcoming months (May?) (5:30 – 7pm).
Office Pick Up: Dates TBD; Weekdays during open office hours in May (?) (2-week window, dates TBD, M-F from 9am – 5pm).

Members must show a photo ID & the ASH attraction membership card (present a non-expired card or recent purchase confirmation / receipt. Must be valued at $50 or more). If gifting a membership, you must provide the purchase confirmation and receipt.

Local arts/sciences/historical organizations (ASH) include:

BalletMet Subscription Show Packages
CATCO – CATCO is Theater Subscription
Columbus Museum of Art
Columbus Symphony Orchestra Subscription
Columbus Zoo & Aquarium or The Wilds
COSI
Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Gardens
Ohio History Connection (Ohio History Center/Ohio Village)
ProMusica Chamber Orchestra Subscriber
National Veterans Memorial and Museum
Wexner Center
and more…

See the full list of arts/science/historical organizations covered by the ASH Program (it includes locations outside Columbus and Franklin County) and exclusions (memberships/subscriptions under $50).

Note: You may already have an eligible membership to the zoo, COSI, etc. that can be used for this program, as long as it is not expired. Also, watch for Reciprocal Membership participation/programs. Often a membership to one organization offers free entry or discounts to similar institutions, their cafes and/or gift shops.

2020 New hires/promoted employees can participate once they establish CWA membership. Going forward, new CWA members coming on after open-enrollment can participate until the end of the calendar year. Non-members can join Local 4502 and then have one month to participate; only one $50 incentive will be granted per member per calendar year.

Please note, this being a new program, details are subject to change. Please check the website periodically.

The Human Rights Committee is seeking prepackaged food donations to assemble “snack packs” for Ronald McDonald House Charities. View Flyer.

Requested items include non-perishable, shelf stable, individually packaged foods including:
pudding or fruit cups
cheese or peanut butter crackers
granola bars
small bags of chips/pretzels/popcorn
small boxes of oatmeal packets
toaster pastries
microwavable soups
muffins
bottled water or juice boxes/pouches

*Earn an extra chance to win Blue Jackets tickets by bringing any donation of the above listed items to the 3/12 Membership Meeting.

Bring food items to the Union Hall weekdays at 399 E. Main Street, Suite 200 or contact a committee member: Cindy Krebs, Joya Brooks, or Tony Cheung.
Snack Packs will be assembled Saturday, March 28 (time TDB) – volunteers are needed.

 

 

Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act

Over the last three decades, wages have stagnated for workers across the economy, while income has skyrocketed for CEOs and the wealthiest 1%. By 2012, the wealthiest 1% made 22.5% of national income, while the bottom 90% of families made less than half of national income—just 49.6%.

This skyrocketing inequality is the result of a loss of bargaining power and the erosion of workers’ ability to exercise their rights on the job. Since the early 1980s, the overall rate of unionization has declined in half. That decline creates problems for all workers—union members consistently earn more than their non-union counterparts, but research by the Economic Policy Institute shows that higher union density increases wages for all workers.

Weak laws protecting workers’ rights to organize and negotiate for better wages and standards have played a major role in increasing inequality and decreasing wages for average workers. Protecting workers’ rights to organize by enacting H.R. 2474/S. 1306, the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act will help create more good jobs across the country.

The PRO Act:
 Enacts meaningful penalties for violations of workers’ rights: The current penalty under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) for wrongfully firing a worker is back wages minus any wages earned in the interim. The PRO Act would authorize monetary penalties and would create a private right of action for workers whose rights were violated to seek justice.

 Ends undemocratic “captive audience” meetings: Companies routinely hold mandatory meetings on work time in which executives and anti-union consultants threaten and intimidate workers seeking to organize into opposing a union—a practice that is generally completely legal. The PRO Act would ban these undemocratic meetings and would ensure that union representational elections are held in a timely and fair way.

 Strengthens workers’ ability to stand in solidarity: The PRO Act would remove prohibitions on workers standing together to protect all workers’ rights. Specifically, it would allow workers to engage in peaceful protest with workers at other companies. It would also prevent companies from permanently replacing workers who have gone on strike, a practice that makes it extremely difficult for workers to strike.

 Helps workers who have organized get a fair first contract: Nearly half of newly formed unions fail to ever reach a first contract with an employer because companies will simply refuse to negotiate in good faith. The PRO Act would remedy this issue and facilitate first contracts by creating a process of mediation and arbitration to resolve disputes.
Please co-sponsor H.R. 2474/S. 1306, the Protecting the Right to Organize Act!

Members can share their ideas and top priorities by emailing (be sure to include all three):
[email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]

In addition, Negotiation Team members will be visiting work sites to gather your input. Watch here for Times/Locations or attend the March 12 Membership Meeting.

Please remember to wear your red every Thursday as a show of solidarity. Contract negotiations begin soon – to negotiate from a position of strength, we need your show of support and to keep our membership numbers high.