Update on Vaccines/Testing and Impact Bargaining

Sisters and Brothers,

AFSCME Local 749 leadership is working hard to preserve your workers’ rights. Local 749 has worked hard to ensure that the employer is providing a safe work environment through the Collective Bargaining Agreement since the beginning of the pandemic. Local 749, along with Council 4 representatives, have conducted site visits, addressed member concerns, and conducted monthly meetings with Management to make sure you have a safe workspace to go to.

On August 20, 2021, The Judicial Branch announce the Mandatory Vaccination compliance or testing for Covid 19. This order is similar to  Governor Ned Lamont’s executive order number 13 D on August 19, 2021. The directive will be implemented on September 27, 2021. Proof of vaccination will need to be submitted or members will be required to submit to weekly covid testing and provide results to the Judicial Branch. If you have a genuine religious or medical exemption, you will need to provide documentation to the Judicial Branch per their directive.

Local 749 is going to meet with the Judicial Branch starting on Sept. 22 to get clarification on several issues in the directive.

The Judicial Branch has the authority to impose the mandate, but it also has a responsibility to negotiate the impact to our members with the Locals leadership. Once the meeting(s) with the Branch take place information will be sent out to our members via email and posted on our website. Please be patient with the process.

In solidarity,

Ron Nelson
AFSCME Local 749 President