The Pritker Administration reaches fourth union agreement for State Employees to Get COVID Shot

 Another group of state employees has reached an agreement with the Pritzker administration over the COVID-19 vaccine mandate. This is the fourth agreement with trade unions in recent weeks. The vaccine mandate for state employees in congregate settings now applies to around 2,000 workers. Governor JB Pritzker says workers at the Shapiro Developmental Center, Menard Correctional Center, and Quincy Veterans’ Home must now follow the vaccine requirement. Employees now have until October 26 to get their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Those who refuse the vaccination could face discipline, including possible termination. However, workers can seek exemptions if they have certain medical conditions or religious beliefs.  Under the agreement employees receive an additional personal day. Those workers can also get compensated if the vaccine isn’t available during their normal shift. Meanwhile, the administration says negotiations are ongoing with AFSCME leadership. That union represents nearly all of the state employees in congregate facilities. The Illinois Federation of Public Employees also reached an agreement for 160 members working in Human Services and Veterans’ Affairs. That took effect on October 7. The Pritzker administration says vaccinated workers can also receive paid “COVID time” under this agreement. That would only go into effect if vaccinated employees contract COVID-19 and need time off work. Those workers can use the paid time off without using any of their benefits.




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