With our employers now mandating vaccines and deadlines nearing to be fully vaccinated by the Dec. 8, federal government mandate, SPEEA is talking with employers to ensure implementation gives proper consideration to members' concerns, health issues and abides by the provisions of our negotiated contracts.
As the SPEEA Executive Board stated before, we encourage members to get vaccinated for the safety of themselves, their families and co-workers. We also remind members, the mandates stem from a federal directive and our employers’ need to provide a safe working environment for you and your co-workers.
Members with legitimate health and/or religious reasons preventing them from being vaccinated are encouraged to apply for the appropriate exemption. If issues arise while applying for an exemption, contact SPEEA.
We are encouraged that the vast majority of members we are hearing from are vaccinated and following health professionals’ recommendations to wear a face mask, wash hands frequently and practice social distancing. If you see lapses in the workplace or a lack of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), report it to management and to your SPEEA Council Rep and/or the SPEEA office. SPEEA continues to monitor PPE availability, workplace guidelines and pursue continued virtual work options for members.
SPEEA offices in Tukwila and Everett are open but with very reduced staff. Telephones are being forwarded as SPEEA staff continue working remotely to reduce face-to-face contact per government and health care recommendations. Midwest workers looking to visit the office should contact staff first.
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