Los Angeles Moves Moves Deadline To Get Vaccinated Back But Increases Penalties For City Workers

The officials in power in Los Angeles have made the decision to push back their deadline set for all city workers to receive their vaccinations against COVId-19 or be penalized.

As reported by the LAist. “A plan passed by the Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday makes it time-consuming and expensive for city workers to refuse the coronavirus shots, but pushes the mandate deadline to Dec. 18, giving holdouts more time to decide.”

As stated by the news source, “During the additional weeks, unvaccinated city workers will have $65 deducted from their salary twice a week to cover the cost of testing for the coronavirus on their own time.”

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Employees for the city are still able to put in for medical and religious exemptions, but will still be forced to pay for the testing they have to do twice a week. However, if the exemption is pushed through and allowed the city states that they plan to refund the cost of the tests.

The first deadline for the vaccinations was back on the 20th of October, and recent data put forth by the office of the mayor seems to indicate that roughly 73% of all of the city employees have reported being fully or partially vaccinated. The first instance of the ordinance passed back in August, but as reported by the Los Angeles Times, “[t]hose rules became conditions of city employment last week, but the law did not spell out what would happen, at the time, to people who refused to get vaccinated.”

Any employee that has not put in a request for an exemption or already given proper evidence of their vaccinations must “show proof of full compliance” before the 18th of December, as detailed in the new plan. The plan goes on to state that any failure to go along with the new requirements “shall result in appropriate and immediate corrective action.”

“Employees must be vaccinated by December 18, and we are putting a rigorous testing program into place in the meantime,” stated Eric Garcetti, the Democratic Mayor of Los Angeles, in a release this past week. “Let me be clear: any employee who refuses to be vaccinated by this date should be prepared to lose their job.”

Members of the council approved the new rules of the ordinance in a 13-0 vote. Joe Buscaino, a mayoral candidate, failed to attend the meeting and Mark Ridley-Thomas, a fellow Democrat, has been banned from voting on any items Due to the fact that he was recently indicted on severe federal corruption charges.

Additional details were given by Courthouse News:

The mayor and other elected officials have stopped just short of promising to fire unvaccinated employees. That’s in part because officials fear what will happen to city services should there be widespread firings or resignations. And in general, terminating some city employees, particularly ones represented by certain labor unions, can be a long and costly process. The city is currently in negotiations with unions over its vaccine mandate enforcement. The plan passed Tuesday was described as the city’s “last, best and final offer” made to labor groups.

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