The California State University has announced it will require vaccinations for all students, staff, and faculty beginning the Fall 2021 semester *if* the Federal Drug Administration grants full approval of COVID-19 vaccines. IMPORTANT SURVEY: UPDATED 5/1: Survey is now closed. The CSU is legally obligated to negotiate with the Union on “reasonably foreseeable impact” of its vaccination requirement. Take this one-minute survey to help our Bargaining Team better address our members' needs before we negotiate with the University on areas such as alternative telework and consequences for non-compliance. Many have questions and concerns following this announcement. Below is the Union’s Q&A to address some of the issues raised; this post will be updated as new information emerges. Will the new CSU vaccination requirement take effect fall 2021? The CSU vaccination requirement will take effect only when the FDA fully approves a COVID-19 vaccine for non-emergency use. At this time, that approval is not expected to come by the fall term. Is it legal to require employees be vaccinated? Yes. An employer may require employees to receive an FDA-approved vaccination against COVID-19 infection so long as the employer does not discriminate against or harass employees or job applicants on the basis of a protected characteristic, provides reasonable accommodations related to disability or sincerely-held religious beliefs or practices, and does not retaliate against anyone for engaging in protected activity (such as requesting a reasonable accommodation). More info here: https://www.californiaemploymentlawreport.com/2021/03/covid-19-vaccines-and-california-employment-law/ How does this affect me as a teleworker? Vaccination is clearly intended for the on-campus community. Teleworkers by their isolation do not present the same health challenges. This can change if the employee is on a hybrid schedule (both on- and off-campus work) or periodically visits the campus. CSUEU supports continuation of telework as both operationally efficient and safe for the employee and co-workers. Can the CSU fire me if I don’t get the vaccine? Before anyone is fired, the CSU is legally obligated to negotiate with the Union on “reasonably foreseeable impact” of its vaccination requirement. This means both parties will be bargaining over issues such as consequences for non-compliance, among other issues, including: • Notification • Rules for compliance • Exemptions • Administration of health records • Alternative telework • Anything involving wages, hours, and terms and conditions of employment Is the Union going to fight for employees who feel they don’t need the vaccine or believe that mandating vaccinations is government overreach? We always review disciplinary cases based on merits. The coronavirus pandemic poses unprecedented challenges and issues for society. Our Bargaining Team will be consulting with experts to identify legal, health safety, administration, and policy issues to help us develop comprehensive and comprehensible policy with the CSU. Bottom line: We are not ‘there’ yet; before we get there we will work out the details for bargaining to produce the best possible results. The Union’s goal is to secure reasonable and fair treatment of employees and safe campuses for all.