CWA 4502 in Columbus Wins Essential Pay from City Council.
CWA Local 4502 members in Columbus, Ohio, have won their fight for premium pay for workers who were deemed essential or had consistent and on-going contact and interaction with residents of the city during the COVID-19 pandemic. Qualifying workers will receive $1000 each. To win the pay, members of the local worked with other city unions and City Council President Shannon Hardin. The city will fund the program with money from the American Rescue Plan. Thanks to pressure from CWA members and our allies, Congress included money for state and local governments in the bill that can be used for pandemic premium pay. "Our members have worked hard during the pandemic to provide services to those residing and/or working in the City of Columbus,” said CWA Local 4502 President Susan Wilson. “Until this legislation, nothing had been done, monetarily, for those that left their homes putting themselves and their families at risk. Many of these men and women picked up extra shifts, worked extended shifts, different hours, and different days all to maintain the services to those who live and/or work in Columbus. I am so proud of the employees we represent, they repeatedly demonstrate they are the best of the best." Watch President Wilson’s testimony to the Columbus City Council here.
CWA activist Mark Stansbury was recognizes in the CWA Dist. 4 news for his work in late June, when CWA activists were a part of a large coalition rallying against HB 294, an election reform bill that would cut early voting, limit drop boxes and generally add additional barriers to exercising our right to vote in Ohio. Local 4319 President Erika White is one of the leaders of the group who organized the event. Thanks for all who attended, including CWA RMC President Marcy Gregory, Local 4502 Activist Mark Stansbury, Diane Bailey, Monica Hogan, and Ron Gay.