Aloha UPW Ohana,
Earlier this week, our private sector members working in health care facilities received news of mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policies. Today, the Governor and county mayors announced vaccine mandates for all state and county workers under his latest COVID-19 Emergency Proclamation.
As a union, it is our highest priority to protect your health and safety, working conditions, and job security.
Our union has been proactive in reaching out to your employers to bargain their vaccination mandate policies well before these announcements were made. There are many questions that need to be answered and details that need to be provided.
While some have been willing to work with us so far, the Governor and the county mayors have denied us this right. They insist on moving forward with a vaccine mandate in less than two weeks and don’t even have the details worked out yet. This is unacceptable and frankly, insulting.
We understand there is a variety of opinions among our members on vaccination. But regardless of where you stand on the issue, I’m sure we can agree that employers do not have the right to sidestep bargaining, especially on a policy that would significantly impact our members. We will continue to push all employers to discuss and bargain their vaccination policies with us and keep you all updated.
Should you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact your business agent.
United Public Workers/AFSCME Local 646