Union members in Hawaii maintain a press convention to debate authorized motion towards the COVID vaccine mandate

Posted: 8/12/2021 / 1:09 PM HSTUpdated: 8/12/2021 / 1:25 PM HST

HONOLULU (KHON2) – Hawaii union members hold a press conference at Attorney Michael Green’s office to discuss legal action against the state’s COVID vaccine mandate.

Last week, Governor David Ige ordered state and county employees to be vaccinated against the coronavirus or tested once a week by August 16. Representatives of the union members in the class action claim it is in breach of their collective agreement.

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There are a number of free trial sites in the islands, but those who choose not to visit will have to pay for their own. Exceptions are foreseen, but it is not yet clear how these will be determined. However, if you don’t do it, you can lose your job.

The HGEA and other public service unions such as the UPW, as well as representatives from teachers, police officers, UH professors and firefighters, said they encourage their members to get vaccinated. Nevertheless, the unions should have been consulted.

Six public unions have issued a joint statement on Ige’s vaccine policy. Read it here.

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