DAYFORCE AND YOUR PAY CHECK
As many of you know, the City has migrated to a new pay system. It is imperative that you review your entire check stub (Every line one it including your name and address) and identify any discrepancies that are on it and send the corrections to your payroll personnel. We currently know that all sick leave balances are wrong.

Recently (June 2020) we have heard from members who have received text messages on their personal cell phones from the Freedom Foundation.

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 Ohio voters overwhelming repealed that damaging, anti-worker law.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 MyUnion@cwa4502.org  You can also visit https://weareohio.com/ 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.

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: wayne@cwa4502.org

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 swilson@cwa4502.org.

 

COVID 03-16-2020

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!