As we informed you on October 20th, we’ve exhausted all pathways to an agreement with the City over the impacts of the Mandatory Vaccination policy.
Bargaining ended last week, and now the Los Angeles City Council has approved the City’s last, best, and final offer. The offer only provides a testing option for those City workers that qualify for exemptions.
We have not agreed to the City’s vaccine mandate ordinance, nor have we agreed to how they are implementing it.
Despite the City’s heavy-handed approach, we were able to mitigate some of the impacts to our members during negotiations. We successfully moved the City to extend the deadline for mandatory vaccination to December 18th, and earlier in the negotiations won medical and religious exemptions available for workers who need them.
In an effort to increase vaccination rates among City employees, and address vaccine hesitancy, we convinced City management to provide experts at worksites to share data and facts about the vaccines and to answer workers’ questions.
We take seriously the health and safety of our members and the public, and we will continue to strongly encourage, and make it as easy possible for SEIU 721 members in the City of Los Angeles to get vaccinated.
The City plans to implement their Mandatory Vaccination Policy despite our concerns, but we stand ready to represent every member, vaccinated or not.
We remain committed to vigorously defending our members’ rights at work, including those who have yet to be vaccinated.
Stay tuned for updates.
*You will receive email confirmation of receipt. The next steps in the process are outlined in the procedures outlined by the City here: FINAL-Mandatory-Vaccination-Policy-Exemption-Procedures_20210916.pdf (lacity.org)