The city has frozen all merit increases since March. The union has filed a grievance in this matter. Updates will be posted when additional news becomes available.
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 Ohio voters overwhelming repealed that damaging, anti-worker law.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.