On August 10, 2021 the Santa Monica Malibu Unified school district issued a COVID-19 vaccine requirement for all employees. Members on our SEIU Local 99 bargaining team immediately began negotiations with the district to ensure a fair implementation of this requirement. Our team has reached an agreement with SMMUSD regarding workers who have not received the vaccine by the October 1 deadline.

Under the agreement:

Unvaccinated workers will be given the opportunity to engage in a fair due process before being disciplined or dismissed. All steps in the process will be given to workers in writing and they will have the opportunity to respond and have union representation.

While unvaccinated employees will be on an unpaid absence and not able to go on campus, they will be given a date to return to work after providing proof of vaccination.

Read the full language of the agreement here

While we understand that there are differing opinions about the COVID-19 vaccine, keep in mind that it is a work requirement to ensure the health and safety of all students and staff. Our union encourages all employees to be vaccinated.