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Mandatory Vaccine Program Update

Apr 8, 2022

This correspondence is to update you on the latest developments regarding the unprecedented actions taken by the Unified Court System (“UCS”), as well as the status of the labor charge currently pending before the Public Employment Relations Board (“PERB”).

UCS served several of the Union’s members with termination notices earlier today. We have and will continue to challenge UCS’ decision to terminate our over-worked and under-paid brothers and sisters based upon UCS’ unlawfully implemented vaccine mandate, and its discriminatory denials of requests for religiously-based and/or medically-based reasonable accommodations. During our continued challenges to UCS’ actions, we have reminded them that, while the UCS decision-makers were in lockdown throughout the pandemic, our members who are now facing termination risked their lives, worked without adequate PPE, endured exposure to the virus in the courts, and many times contracted it.

Second, it is no coincidence that this week’s termination notices coincided with the first trial date at PERB. Throughout these proceedings, which continue on April 12th, the Union has ensured that our members’ voices are heard; their rights protected, and all affected members should be made whole.

Finally, please know that we are taking any and all necessary actions to assist our brothers and sisters subjected to these unlawful terminations by demonstrating that the UCS cannot pillage us of our right to bodily autonomy or strip us of our solidarity.

Stay safe and well,

Imogene V. Jones