New York City Reaches Deal With 4 Municipal Worker Unions On Coronavirus Vaccine Mandate – .

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NEW YORK CITY (WABC) – New York City on Thursday announced agreements with four unions on the city’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for all city workers, including exemption requests and leave policies The unions – DC 37, Teamsters Local 237, Uniformed Sanitationmen’s Association Local 831 and SEIU Local 300 – collectively represent approximately 75,000 employees, excluding members employed at the Department of Education or NYC Health + Hospitals.
About 92% of municipal warrant workers are vaccinated, including 90% of EMS, 79% of firefighters, 85% of sanitation workers, and 85% of NYPD employees.Without a warrant in effect, Corrections remains 63% vaccinated .

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“Immunizations are critical to our recovery and our municipal workforce is leading the way,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “92% of the city’s employees have stepped up and been vaccinated, and this agreement ensures a fair process for those seeking exemptions. Thank you to these unions for working with us to keep New Yorkers safe.Under the agreement, like at DOE, employees who have requested a waiver of the vaccination mandate for medical or religious reasons will receive an initial decision from agency, then will have the opportunity to appeal this decision to an arbitrator who will decide on the exemption. based on the same criteria used at the DOE.

Employees also retain the option to appeal to an internal city panel that would decide on the exemption as required by applicable law.

The process ensures that people with duly substantiated medical or religious reasons have several options for their claim to be judged.

Members of the unions who signed this agreement who filed for exemption before 2/11 will remain on the payroll with weekly tests, awaiting the agency’s decision and any appeal.

An employee who files a waiver request between 3/11 and 5/11 will remain on the payroll with weekly testing pending the agency’s initial determination, but will take unpaid leave if they do. appeal of this decision.

The agreement confirms the City’s right to place unvaccinated employees without exemption on unpaid leave but with health benefits as of November 1 or after refusal of the exemption request depending on the date on which the exemption request has been submitted.

Employees on leave without pay can choose to voluntarily separate from their service and can maintain health insurance until June 30, 2022.

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Employees on leave without pay can also choose to extend the leave until June 30, 2022, but they agree to voluntarily separate with waiver of the right to object if they are not vaccinated by June 30, 2022.

In addition, any employee who is vaccinated while on leave can return to work at their same workplace.

As part of the deal, the unions agreed to withdraw the lawsuit filed last month that challenged the city’s right to implement the mandate.

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