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Meet and Confer Update

UPE Secures Vaccine Release Time for all Sacramento County Employees

     As workers are all aware, COVID-19 vaccines are now available for workers based on age, medical condition and, in some cases, job function with the County.  From the beginning, UPE proposed that the County pay for workers to get vaccinated.  First, the County agreed to cover 2 hours of paid time for workers being vaccinated through a County arranged clinic.  This was a good start, but not enough.  

     UPE countered that the County must provide similar coverage for workers getting vaccinated on their own.  Vaccines benefit not only the staff person receiving the shot, but also their coworkers and their clients.  In fact, this is the same reason the County had provided paid time off for workers to get tested, it helps everyone. Ultimately, the County agreed to UPE’s proposal and will be granting workers two hours of paid release to get vaccinated, regardless of the circumstance of the vaccination.  

     If a worker has already used their own leave balances to receive a vaccine, they should contact their supervisor to have the time corrected.  If there are issues, please contact your Business Agent.  Once again, UPE stood up for its workers and prevailed.  We have not won every fight during the pandemic, but we have never stopped fighting and this perseverance continues to deliver better working conditions for our members.

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