9/24 Vaccine Mandate Effects Bargaining

SEPTEMBER 24th VACCINE EFFECTS MANDATE

The unions spent the entire day focusing on reaching an effects agreement in regards to the vaccine mandate. We were able to get on a call with Kaleida this morning. We took the time to restate our position on issues that impact our members in regards to the vaccine mandate and the unknowns of the looming staffing crisis.

We were able to get NEW AND CHANGED information on religious exemptions. This information is changed as of yesterday afternoon. New information on religious exemptions are below:

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  • All requests for Religious Exemptions from the vaccine mandate must be submitted by 5:00 PM on Sunday, September 26, 2021. They will be processed as soon as possible, but in no event later than 2:00PM on Wednesday, September 29, 2021. While employees requests are under review, they may continue to work.

  • If an employee’s request is not granted, the employee must either immediately get vaccinated in order to work, or they will be terminated on September 30, 2021.

  • If an employee’s request is granted, and provided an accommodation (I.e. extra PPE or other reasonable and appropriate accommodation) can be made for that employee, that employee may continue to work until October 12th, or until the date chosen by the Federal Judge if he decides to continue the religious exemptions.

  • If an employee’s request is granted, and provided an accommodation (I.e. extra PPE or other reasonable and appropriate accommodation) can be made for that employee, that employee may continue to work until October 12th or until the date chosen by the Federal Judge if he decides to discontinue the religious exemptions.

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  • Covered time for receiving the vaccine / adverse reactions
    • Creation of temporary positions for emergency staffing needs
    • Use of agency positions for emergency staffing needs
    • External postings and accelerated internal posting procedures for open positions
    • Schedule Changes, Shift Hold Overs/Overtime Due to Extreme Emergency
    • Floating
    • Bonus for extra shifts and employee recognition.
    • and other items pertinent to the impact on our members in regards to the vaccine mandate and the unknowns of the looming staffing crisis.

We are prepared to meeting with Kaleida Health tomorrow, Saturday morning, in hopes to hear back on the issues listed above. We will send out an update as soon as possible following the call.

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