Statement from Executive Director Mark Bernard re: Executive Order by Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker’s Mandating Vaccines for All State Employees

“AFSCME Council 93 believes that vaccinations are the safest and most effective way to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and variants of the virus. However, we also firmly believe that any policy on vaccinations must be established through discussions and negotiations with the union. While a majority of our members may have already received a vaccination, many others have understandable concerns that we believe should be addressed in advance of any policy implementation. As such, we urge Governor Baker to work with us to reach a mutually-agreeable policy on vaccinations, including providing a regular testing option to provide our members who – for any number of reasons – are opposed to mandatory vaccinations as a condition of employment. Should we be unable to achieve that goal, we will be reviewing all of our options under the law.”
Mark Bernard, Executive Director
AFSCME Council 93