Forced vaccination may be on the table as the issue remains unclear

With news of vaccine distribution underway, some workers are wondering whether their employer can require them to take a vaccine in order to work.

Joyce Goldstein and Associates Labor Lawyer Joyce Goldstein discussed a So-Called “Right to Work” case in Boston and what employers can do regarding the COVID-19 vaccine on America’s Work Force Union Podcast.

UNITE HERE! attempts to organize Boston hotel workers

A hotel in Boston has declared neutrality as the employees begin the process of organizing with UNITE HERE! Members of UNITE HERE! are casino workers, hotel maids, manufacturing workers, textile workers and more.

While the hotel has declared neutrality, various So-Called “Right to Work” groups have swooped in and are trying to make the case that declaring neutrality in the organizing campaign is actually providing illegal corporate aid to unions.

While National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) General Counsel Peter Robb has taken up the case for prosecution, Goldstein believes the case will take time to resolve.

Forced vaccination

While the COVID-19 vaccines are gaining emergency approval, some workers are wondering if they can be forced to take the vaccine.

Goldstein said the line is blurry for both union and non-union workers. While non-union workers are at-will employees in many states, they can be terminated for any reason.

It is more difficult for union members to be fired for not being vaccinated. If the worker is remote and has no way of infecting other workers, she believes they will not be terminated. However, if they work in a populated workspace, such as a hospital, it is possible they will need to be vaccinated.

The line remains difficult to draw, as emergency approval, religious freedoms and more stand in the way of compelled vaccination.


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Two-Time Presidential Candidate Jill Stein on America’s Work Force Radio

On the show we had Jill Stein and Tom Germuska Jr. Jill Stein is a two-time presidential candidate from the Green Party and Tom Germuska is the editor for the Labor Citizen.

Jill SteinOn Oct. 10, Jill Stein was on the show to talk about the Brett Kavanaugh case. She said, “the Brett Kavanaugh debacle is a symptom of Democrat half-hearted fight against Republican interest.” She also discussed people showing more interest in other parties such as the Green Party. She concludes her her time on the show talking about Howie Hawkins running for Governor in New York. Howie is a Green Party candidate and pushes for worker rights and interests. She talks about how if Howie wins, it will pressure other states to consider Green Party candidates.

Labor Citizen MagazineOur second guest on the show was Tom Germuska Jr. from the Labor Citezen who spent his time talking about the content in the October edition of the magazine. Germuska also talked about early voting and some benefits that come with it, such as being about to sit down and read over all of your choices carefully and be able to make an educated vote. He also discussed getting the Cleveland and the Columbus Building Trades prepared for the midterm elections, updates on the Quicken Loans Arena project and how it will be done on time and on budget, and the importance of the Construction Trades Apprenticeship Fair and how it will open up people’s minds about the opportunities and potential for a good career that comes with working in the trades.

Host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about Ford Motor Company saying they will have to layoff workers because Trumps’ tariffs made the company take about a $1 billion blow to profits and they will have to lay off around 12% of the company around the world! He also mentions members of Unite Here in Boston, San Francisco, and San Jose are striking against Marriott Hotels because of wages. The most profitable hotel chain in the world has workers who need to work more than one job to be able to provide for themselves and their families!


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