Union Statement on COVID Vaccine Mandates
As healthcare and behavioral health workers, we agree that the COVID vaccines are safe, effective and the best way to protect ourselves and our families from COVID-19. But as members of a union, we know that we have the right to bargain any change to our jobs.
When an employer issues a vaccine mandate, we will demand to bargain a COVID vaccine memorandum of understanding that details the conditions for vaccination, including time off for shots and side effects, and the procedure for medical or religious exemption.
We will not tolerate discrimination and we will demand racial equity. No worker should be made to wear stickers or other markings to show whether they are vaccinated. Vaccine information must be provided in the language spoken by workers.
We also know that while the vaccines are incredibly effective, they do not replace PPE or other infection control measures. We will continue to demand universal access to N95 masks and push employers to improve ventilation in facilities where needed.
Members of SEIU Healthcare 1199NW have worked tirelessly to care for our patients and clients during the COVID-19 crisis. We’ve faced unprecedented challenges and continue to fight in our workplaces every day to ensure we have what we need to safely give the best possible care.
By continuing to stand together, we will win what we need to keep ourselves and our patients safe. To learn more about our demands, talk with your delegate or organizer.