Over the past several months, Teamsters Local 700 has participated in negotiations over the City of Chicago’s COVID-19 Vaccination Policy. Local 700 and other unions have bargained over this policy through the Coalition of Unionized Public Employees (COUPE). On October 8, 2021, the City unilaterally implement the COVID-19 vaccination policy.
Local 700 has opposed and continues to oppose the City’s policy. Local 700 has maintained throughout this entire process that members must have the right to choose whether they wish to be vaccinated or not. Under the City’s policy, beginning on October 15, 2021, employees that are not fully vaccinated will need to undergo twice-weekly testing in lieu of vaccination. However, your employer continues to insist that employees must be fully vaccinated on or before December 31, 2021, and the testing option will end on that date.
Members have the right to request an exemption from mandatory vaccination based on a qualifying medical or religious exemption. Medical and religious exemption forms are available by clicking here:
If you submit a request for a medical or religious exemption, be sure to keep a copy of the form you submitted for your records. A copy of the City’s policy is available by clicking here:
Additionally, any City employee that is fully vaccinated by October 15, 2021, will receive an additional personal day to be used by June 30, 2022. Fully vaccinated is defined in the policy as “an employee has either received their single dose (Johnson & Johnson vaccine) or both doses (Pfizer/Moderna vaccines) and two weeks have passed since the last dose was administered.”
With the timing of the unilateral implementation and the October 15 deadline, it is impossible for any City employee that has not received a dose of the vaccine to obtain the extra personal day. “It’s ridiculous that the City unilaterally implemented a vaccine policy that virtually excludes the incentive for employees to become vaccinated,” said Ramon Williams, President of Teamsters Local 700.
Local 700 reserves the right to pursue any violations of the collective bargaining agreement, violations of the Illinois Public Labor Relations Act, and any other violations of state or federal law. Local 700, COUPE and other unions are meeting next week to discuss all legal options to fight this policy. Local 700 will continue to provide updates as events unfold.
Members with questions should contact their business agent at (847) 939-9700.