Illinois Governor JB Pritzker’s government has reached agreements with four unions to meet the state’s COVID-19 vaccine requirements for workers in community housing facilities, officials said Monday.
According to a press release, the governor’s office recently reached an agreement with several unions in Illinois that work in community facilities like the Shapiro Developmental Center, Menard Correctional Center, and Quincy Veteran’s Home.
Workers represented by the unions initially had to receive their first COVID-19 vaccination by October 14, but the deadline was postponed to October 26.
Agreements have been made with the following unions:
- Illinois Federation of Public Employees – Approx. 160 employees in Human Services and Veterans’ Affairs.
- Illinois Nurses Association – Approximately 1,100 nurses working 24/7 in facilities such as the McFarland Mental Health Facility and the Quincy Veterans’ Home
- Unions in Illinois – Approximately 470 employees working in 24/7 facilities such as the Menard Corrections Center and the Shapiro Developmental Center
- VR-704 – 260 supervisors in the Illinois Department of Corrections and the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice
Workers who do not receive the vaccine or qualify for a medical or religious exception could face disciplinary action, including dismissal, according to the governor.
To further promote vaccinations, employees are given an additional personal day.
If a dose cannot be administered during a worker’s regularly scheduled shift, the employee can be compensated at their regular salary for the time it takes to get the vaccine, officials said.
In addition, if a vaccinated employee receives COVID-19, they will receive paid time off without using their performance time.
In contrast to Pritzker’s directive, which only requires certain employees, such as educators and workers in community facilities, to be vaccinated, the Mayoress of Chicago, Lori Lightfoot, issued a vaccination mandate for all city workers.
In recent days, there has been a showdown between the President of the Fraternal Order of Police, John Catanzara, and the city, with both sides filing lawsuits and a judge issuing an injunction preventing Catanzara from encouraging officials to comply Oppose mandate.