After months of negotiations with City Administrators over the impacts of the City’s Mandatory Vaccination policy, we’ve exhausted all pathways to an agreement.
Our bargaining, under the Coalition of City Unions, has ended at an impasse. We’ve made our demands, and the City is not moving.
Throughout the bargaining process, SEIU 721 has fought tirelessly on behalf of our members, and thanks to our efforts, the city has extended the deadline for mandatory vaccination to December 18th.
On top of that, we advocated for religious and medical exemptions, and we succeeded. As a matter of fact, we successfully pushed the City to the extend the deadline back in September, and to make the process simple and easy for every member who applies for one of these two types of exemptions.
Those members with approved medical or religious exemptions will be offered a no-cost testing option in lieu of mandatory vaccinations.
The reality is the pandemic is still ongoing, and we strongly encourage all members to protect themselves and their families by getting a COVID-19 vaccination. At the same time, we remain committed to vigorously defending our members’ rights at work, including those who have yet to be vaccinated by the December 18th deadline.
For now, we’ve reached the end of the road on bargaining over this vaccination mandate, and the city is set to impose its Last, Best, and Final Offer.
At this moment, every City worker is expected to show proof of vaccination by December 18th per the City mandate unless they have an approved exemption.
Please stay tuned for more updates.