Agreement between King County and unions over employee vaccine mandate
King County and the Coalition of Unions, Technical Employees Association, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 77 the King County Corrections Guild, and the King County Juvenile Detention Guild, reached an agreement over the COVID-19 vaccine mandate that affects all King County employees in the Executive Branch.
On August 10, 2021, King County Executive Dow Constantine issued an order that all Executive Branch employees must be fully vaccinated by October 18, 2021. Since then, the Office of Labor Relations (OLR) has been in negotiations with labor unions on what will be considered full compliance and how the mandate will be implemented in King County. OLR has reached agreement with the with these unions. The conditions of the Agreement also apply to non-represented employees.
Negotiations also established some additional procedures for compliance. Under compliance processes in the agreement, those who have not yet shown proof of full vaccination by October 18 can avoid separation from the county provided they have begun the process for being fully vaccinated and can complete that process by December 2.
Under the agreement, an employee who has vaccination side-effects or who contracts COVID-19 has access to some additional COVID leave.
You can read all the details in the Agreement here. If you haven’t already been vaccinated, you can find out where to get your vaccine and find answers to your questions at www.kingcounty.gov/vaccine. If you haven’t had your vaccination status verified, find out how here. If you have any questions, please contact your department’s HR Manager (SharePoint link).