The City and CWA Local 4502 did not reach an agreement today in their first bargaining session over the Hero Pay and Vaccine Incentive.  A date is not set for the next discussion.

 

Many things have changed since we have initially discussed this matter with City Council President Hardin to get a Frontline Worker’s Bonus.  The legislation was signed some time ago.  It indicates that it will pay up to $1000.  City Council intended us to get $1000 based on conversations before and after, and council passed 7.1 Million dollars which comes out to 7100 bargaining employees.  Once the legislation passed, an MOU was sent to the union.  The MOU only has $500 for the Frontline Worker Bonus and $500 vaccine incentive.  This is not what we lobbied for nor is it was not what was discussed.  We have not signed the MOU.  The MOU gives the $500 to all employees for the Frontline Worker Bonus.  The legislation left it up the Department Directors to determine who get the Frontline Worker Bonus, however, that has been taken from their hands as the MOU pays it to everyone.  We would like to see employees receive the $1000.  The union is okay with the city offering a vaccine incentive, however, we do not feel it should be tied to the Frontline Workers Bonus.  Our position is solely, that our members should get the Frontline Worker Bonus for $1000 as discussed and allowed by the legislation. The vaccine incentive is separate and we agree to $500 for this, but not out of the Frontline Worker Bonus.

CWA Local 4502 urges our membership to vote No on Issue 7. This issue would remove $87 million dollars from the City’s General Fund. This would mean the loss of services and jobs. Save jobs and services to the City of Columbus customers by voting No on Issue 7.

Last night at the City of Columbus council meeting, President Wilson was invited to speak on behalf of our membership in support of frontline workers to receive hazard pay. Needless to say, she was very well received. The legislation was approved to issue one-time hazard payments to frontline city employees in an amount up to $1,000.00 per employee. All the details have not been worked out and we will be providing updates as they become available.

 

 

Healthcare Insurance Information

July 15, 2021

 

 

Some employees in July received a letter concerning step therapy changes beginning September 1, 2021.  This letter was sent in error by UHC.  There is a letter being sent advising employees to disregard the previous letter with an apology for the error and any confusion.

 

HOWEVER, if you receive a letter in August, please follow the directions provided in the letter.  The first letter was sent to a broader number of employees and did not necessarily apply.  As per UHC, the August letter will be sent to only those that are impacted by plan changes.

Juneteenth Personal Day for 2021

07-15-21

 

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.

Update to Merit Pay   –     07/2/21

 

 

There was an inordinate number of reviews submitted in the past week to Civil Service.  Civil Service continues to work through the processing of these reviews and will have a better idea toward the end of next week if payments will be processed by 07/29/21 or 7/15/21.

It appears that all merit requests have been submitted to Civil Service. They should all be processed by 7/1/21.  All employees eligible for merit pay should receive all increases and back pay on the 7/15/21 paycheck.

 

Processing of 2021 merit increases will begin as soon as the 2020 merits have been completed.