Greetings Brothers and Sisters,
These are, without a doubt, some of the most difficult times our union family has faced — but our rights as workers are as important in hard times as they are in good times.
This week, President Biden announced he will sign an executive order requiring companies with over 100 employees to mandate the COVID vaccine or do weekly testing. I believe this is an overreach of his authority, and that these are mandatory subjects of bargaining for unionized workers. While I have in the past recommended that our members get vaccinated, I do not think it should be mandated as a condition of employment for IBEW 1245 members.
IBEW 1245 will be exploring all our options while continuing to keep workers’ rights at the forefront, just as we’ve always done. We will update you as things progress.
Bob Dean, IBEW 1245 Business Manager