Slog PM: SPOG Drags Feet on Vax Mandate Negotiations, Centrist Dems Continue Tanking Biden's Agenda, the Haitian Asylum-Seekers Are Gone
by Friday at 5:40 pm•
A bunch of unions reached a deal with Seattle on the vaccine mandate: The Seattle Police Officers Guild, however, remains a holdout. Paul Kiefer at Publicola said the cops are "pushing for an extended deadline and bonuses." People joked about the vaccine mandate as a way to inadvertently defund the police, but I wouldn't be surprised if it ends up funding the police quite nicely. Strange that our fearless protectors, the selfless public servants who think of nothing but ensuring the safety of every single Seattleite, still refuse to protect us from themselves.
In any event, according to a press release from the Mayor's office, "highlights" of the tentative agreement include a day off for workers who get the shot before the deadline, 10 days of "COVID-19 Supplementary Paid Leave," and use of "applicable leave" time for those who start the process by Oct 18 but who won't be fully vaccinated until afterward. Another contract gives city employees who worked in-person a "one-time payment of $1,750," and it also allows those who "choose to telework until January 19, 2022" much more time to get vaccinated.
All of this seems to compensate well beyond the "impact" of forcing workers to take the day to get a goddamned shot that will save their goddamned lives. That said, if we lived in a world with stronger unions, workers wouldn't need to take unsympathetic positions to get time off that they should already have. Frustrating situation all around.Continue reading »