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Welcome to CWA 4502

620 E. Broad Street St.  Columbus, OH 43215  Phone: (614) 485-1265

Welcome to the Site of the City of Columbus's Professional, Technical and Supervisory Employees – CWA Local 4502.

CWA 4502 has a history of service to the professional employees of the City of Columbus, who work together to enhance the quality of life of the people who live, work and raise families here. We are proud to offer the skills and technical expertise that allows Columbus to operate efficiently and transparently. Our public service is a calling and a sacrifice that greatly improves the lives of the citizens we serve. 

We feel a solidarity, a close connection,  with our brothers and sisters in the Communications Workers of America and the AFL-CIO. We stand together to support workers’ rights and provide outstanding service to the people of Central Ohio.

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Union Plus - Over 25 Benefits & Discounts for Union Members

Union Plus LogoActive and retired union members, their parents and children, can take advantage of special home financing through Union Plus. If you (or your child or parent) are planning to purchase or refinance a home, view Union Plus/Wells Fargo flyer. There are special benefits for union members, including mortgage payment assistance in the event of an unexpected loss of income. 

Not quite ready for a home? Union Plus offers over 25 benefits & discounts exclusively to union members. CWA members can receive: a 15% discount on AT&T Wireless; competitive rate credit cards (may include hardship assistance); travel discounts; entertainment discounts at over 50 theme parks (Disney), movies, zoos and more; auto financing; college benefits, scholarships and more. Brochure and contacts.

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Contract Related Documents

While we await a finialized document from the city, please reference the items below:

View Fact Finder's report Full report from the Fact Finder

View the report summary A simple, summarized listing of changes from Fact Finding

View the Synopsis of Articles TA prior to Fact Finding Contract with strikeout and new language in red for all items negotiated prior to Fact Finding (TA = Tentative Agreement)

Medical Plan Changes A summary of changes made to the medical plan

AFSCME Care Plan for Hearing Aids - NOTE: We negotiated this benefit in our bargaining process, but you must enroll in the program - enrollment forms will be mailed to your home soonPlease do so by filling out and returning it so that if you (or a family member) needs the service later, you are enrolled. It is open to both AFSCME and CWA bargaining units. It covers $1,500 per ear every four years. The Claim Form can be used in the interim. View the Plan Details.

Hearing Aid Enrollment Form 

Past history indicates it can take about 6 months before the final document goes online.

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CWA 4502 Grievance Regarding DPU Proposed Policy

Here is a copy of the grievance filed regarding the DPU Policy. This is an active grievance and we are still in discussion with DPU.

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Support CWA Family Affected by the Santa Fe Shooting

It is with a heavy heart that we tell you a Union Brother, Darryl Claussen Jr, of CWA Local 6171 and his family lost their son, Christian Riley Garcia, in the tragic shooting at Santa Fe High School near Houston, Texas May 18.

A GoFundMe page has been set up for the family:

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4502 Retirees Chapter

Did you know our local has an active retirees' chapter? If you know any retirees or are near retirement yourself, please contact: Local 4502 will pay the $25 life-membership fee on your behalf. 

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CWA Pay Structure April 24, 2018

IMPORTANT REMINDER!  On April 22, 2018, which starts pay period 9, CWA members will receive a 3% pay rate adjustment. This percentage base increase (PBI) will appear on your May 10th paycheck.

This will coincide with your pay grade structure adjustment of 6%, which is effective the same payroll period.  Refer to the CWA Pay Structure link below.

CWA Pay Structure

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Columbus Day/Veterans Day MOU

To view the MOU between the City and CWA click here.

Membership News concerning MOU Columbus Day and Veterans Day, AFSCME v Janus United States Supreme Court Case and more important CWA news click here.


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Janus VS AFSCME Bus Trip to Washington DC

Danter, Wilson and AFSCME sister Jaime at the Supreme Court for the Janus versus AFSCME hearing 2/26/18Bus Trip Information:

CWA4502 sponsored a bus that left Columbus, Ohio at 11:45 pm on Sunday 2/25/18. Free seating and parking was provided.

The group arrived in Washington D.C. by 9:00 am Monday February 26 to march in front of the Supreme Court while testimony was heard on the Janus versus AFSCME case. 

This union busting case is an attempt to defund unions and squelch the voice of middle class and working families. A large crowd from across the county made sure their voices were heard. Thank you to all those representing Columbus, Ohio and CWA4502. View the Brief.

Listen or view an NPR report made following the hearing 2/26/18 by Nina Totenberg.
Tune in to WOSU radio 89.7 at 1pm 2/28 for On Point which includes discussion with Supreme Court correspondent David Savage and both attorneys in the Janus case; hosted by Jane Clayson.   

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A Working People's Day of Action

Article in the Dispatch 

Statehouse Rally 2-24-18 in Opposition to JanusSaturday February 24, A Working People's Day of Action was be held at the Ohio State House from 11:00 to 1:00 pm. Despite the rain, hundreds gathered in opposition to the Janus versus AFSCME case to be heard by SCOTUS.

Thousands of people gathered in cities across the country, including San Diego, CA, Washington, DC, Miami, FL, Detroit, MI, St. Paul, MN, New York City, NY, Columbus, OH, Philadelphia, PA, Memphis, TN, and Chicago, IL. 

Attacks against working people are mounting! From proposed anti-worker ballot initiatives in Ohio to a national court case, Janus v. AFSCME Council 31, that could make the entire nation Right to Work, working people and their union rights are under attack. But workers aren’t standing down! 

Learn more about Working People's Day of Action
Article in the Dispatch (great cover photo)

CWA4502 provided a shuttle from our facility to the state house beginning at 10:30 am for our members and their family/guests.

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Who Will Benefit from Proposed Tax Bill

Who Will Benefit the Most from the Proposed Tax Bill? 

 CWA News Alert: Jody Calemine, CWA General Counsel, was on the Fox News show "The Next Revolution" to discuss President Shelton's letter to CEOs saying that they should guarantee the $4,000 raise promised by the corporate tax cut. Jody did a great job!

 Here is the clip: <>


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Limits on Collective Bargaining

To read how the General Assembly has proposed a bill to take away your collective bargaining rights click here

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Medical Plan Design Changes

To view medical changes click here

Hearing Aid Medical Form click here

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City of Columbus & Franklin University Partnership

The City of Columbus and Franklin University Partnership provides educational opportunities for all City of Columbus employees.  For more information click here.

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CWA Shirts

Any member who would like to order a CWA shirt please call the union office to place an order.  Any one who ordered CWA red shirts the shirts are at the union office.  Please make arrangements to stop by and pick up your shirt.

red shirt

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Learn more about our local, check out our newsletter page.

Ideas or suggestions for the newsletter call the union office (614) 485-1265. 

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Become a Member

If you are not a card signed member of our Local, please take the time to sign a Membership_Form and send it to Gwen 

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CWA Stronger!

Public Sector Unions are under attack.  In turn, middle class America is dwindling and runs the risk of becoming extinct.

CWA Stronger is a chance for us to stand together and defend our union and perserve the middle class.  We are working to make CWA Stronger!

To make our union stronger requires each member to take a stand.  A pledge card is linked below.  Please take a moment to complete the pledge card and return to the union through your representative, or a board member, or fax to (614) 485-1185.

Help us to protect the American dream.  Sign your pledge card today.

CWA Stronger Form

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Help us repeal the 'Cadillac tax'

For more information click here

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Help prevent and treat pediatric Aids

Fight AidsCWA and CWA Local 4502 encourage you to join the fight against pediatric aids. The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation seeks to end pediatric HIV/AIDS through research, advocacy, and prevention and treatment programs.


Please visit the link below to learn more or make a contribution to this fight. Please provide our local number 4502 with your donation.

Act Now!

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Support Labor-Friendly Policy

We encourage all members to join our members who already support the CWA Political Action Fund which fights to ensure government policies are as labor-friendly as possible. 

Click here to learn how to give. Payroll deductions and one-time donations are both welcome.


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Progress Ohio

ProgressOhio is an organization committed to promoting labor-friendly issues and candidates in Ohio. ProgressOhio and CWA work together to encourage Ohioans who believe in these issues to be engaged and active.

To connect with Progress Ohio

  1. Text the word CWA to 30644 for text updates
  2. Visit and register.

    Help build a stronger CWA by reaching out to encourage 5 or more  of your colleagues to join us in support of these important issues.

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Find us on Facebook

Connect with us on Facebook!

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Union Plus Union Member Discounts

Did you know there are dozens of discounts and deals available only to union members? Click the logo below to visit the Union Plus page to learn more. 


ATT Discounts of up to 18% avaialble at

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Know Your Leave Balance

Please remember that knowing your leave balances is your responsibility. A signed leave form is not enough. If you don’t have the balance, you don’t have the leave. Check your balances at the link below.

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Support Stand Up for Ohio

We are asking all members to support Stand Up for Ohio, a group started by CWA that supports worker rights. It only cost $5 a year for members and, the board voted to pay each members' first year dues. Please fill out the form linked below and send email to to join with us to support workers rights.

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Become a Member!

Joining CWA local 4502 has many benefits and no additional costs. Most importantly, it will allow you to vote on contracts and important issues, giving you a true voice in the membership. Only members receive certain benefits like eligibility for our scholarship program for your children. There is strength in membership. The greater the portion of eligible employees who become full members, the greater our show of strength and solidarity is. Becoming a member tells the City leadership that you feel the union is important and you are willing to take a stand to support Columbus workers.

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Benefit for CWA 4502 Members

Remember, as a member of CWA Local 4502 you have the opportunity to enroll in ARAG, an affordable plan that gives you the services of a lawyer as well as financial planning resources when you need them. More information is available under the Union Resources tab.

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Social Media Tips

Click the image to the left for some important tips to remember when you use social media like FaceBook or Twitter.

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Worker Rights, It's the Law

It is hereby declared to be the policy of the United States to... encourag[e] the practice and procedure of collective bargaining and [to] protect... the exercise by workers of full freedom of association, self-organization and designation of representatives of their own choosing, for the purpose of negotiating the terms and conditions of their employment or other mutual aid or protection.

-- National Labor Relations Act 1935

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