For its 33rd year, the Union Plus Scholarship Program is gearing up to review thousands of applications from inspiring current and prospective college, university, and technical or trade school students. The program has awarded over $5.4 million in educational funding to more than 3,800 students from union families since 1991. Last year, the Union Plus Scholarship Program awarded $200,000 in scholarships to 205 students representing 41 unions.
The deadline to apply for a 2024 Union Plus Scholarship is January 31. Visit unionplus.org/scholarship to learn more and access the application.
CWA members and their spouses, children, and grandchildren, including those of retired or deceased members, may also apply for the Joe Beirne Scholarship (deadline April 30, 2024).
What is union-busting? Union-busting is when an external organization encourages union members to stop paying union dues. Their aim is to destroy unions and deprive workers of workplace benefits, such as pay raises, health-care, vacation time, personal business holidays, our birthday holidays, and so much more.
What they say: That union members can save money by stop being a dues-paying member of CWA Local 4502, and still get the benefits of membership with no adverse consequences or effects on contracts and collective bargaining.
What it means: Weaken the Union’s ability to bargain for improved pay, benefits and working conditions – our contract – and eventually leads to the Union disappearing. Don’t forget that the employer is not legally obliged to give us any benefits. Who will negotiate for us then? The Union-buster? NO! They have not put a dime into our pockets but they want to take money from our paychecks to fund billionaires.
They do not care about our pay or how we will feed our family and fill the car with gas. Dues-paying union members get more from the union than the union takes from us through exclusive union benefits and collective bargaining power.
What they say: That you have a choice to pay your union dues and that you should choose not to.
What it means: It means that the Union will lose strenth and may eventually disappear. Regardless of how you might feel about Unions, you enjoy the benefits that come with it. Consider this: If you were at the store and a coworker’s cart was full of groceries and they have just paid for it. Would you take some of, or all, of your coworkers’ groceries, just because you could?
What they say: Unions only want your money to give to politicians who do not represent your values.
What it means: How do these people know what your values are? CWA has a Political Action Fund (PAF), which is separate to paying union-dues. Members choose if they wish to contribute to that fund, which goes to candidates at a state or national level.
CWA Local 4502 gives small amounts of money to a few local labor friendly political candidates from both parties. We do this to advance members’ interests at work. If you know of any candidates who are labor friendly and will help our members, please let us know.
We are political because we have to be to get the best contracts for our members, but we are not party political as union-busters claim Many people do not care for the political aspect, which is understandable; however, just about every company out there has lobbyists who work for, or are affiliated to politicians or their parties because it gives them influence. Unions have a duty to get the best for workers and are the only voice working people and families have – Unions serve as our lobbyists. “If you’re not at the table, you’re probably on the menu” (Pat Rusk, a teacher’s union president).
High Deductible Healthcare Plan Open Enrollment
Oct.30, 2023 thru Nov. 30, 2023
Some employees will be interested in the new HDHCP being offered under the new contract. The city Benefits and Insurance department will be provide training on the new plan in late Sept, early Oct. Home mailers have gone out detailing the training locations, dates and times.
President CWA 4502
Juneteenth Personal Day for 2021
The Juneteenth Observance legislation, which included the Personal Business Day Memorandum of Understanding, is going for vote by City Council on July 19th. It will then be loaded into Dayforce in the following week. Please monitor you balances on your check stub. Once it appears on your check stub it is available for use.
Introduced in House (01/04/2021)
Social Security Fairness Act of 2021
This bill repeals provisions that reduce Social Security benefits for individuals who receive other benefits, such as a pension from a state or local government.
The bill eliminates the government pension offset, which in various instances reduces Social Security survivors’ benefits for spouses, widows, and widowers who also receive government pensions of their own.
The bill also eliminates the windfall elimination provision, which in some instances reduces Social Security benefits for individuals who also receive a pension or disability benefit from an employer that did not withhold Social Security taxes.
These changes are effective for benefits payable after December 2021.
Contact your Congress Representive or Senator and ask them to support this bill.
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 free. Classes 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.
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].
CWA Letter to the City concerning Covid-19 Virus
City of Columbus Policy on Covid- 19