The California Public Employment Board (PERB) issued a complaint following CFA’s filing of an unfair practice charge over the CSU management’s failure to bargain over their decision to remove the CSU’s non-COVID vaccine mandate for students.
We recently shared the news that without notifying CFA or agreeing to bargain over the decision, CSU management unilaterally eliminated immunization requirements for students for Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Chickenpox, TDAP (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis), Tuberculosis, and Hepatitis B. These mandatory immunization requirements have been in place for years. (The CSU has left in place a vaccine requirement for Hepatitis B.)
While the CSU’s labor relations representatives opine that the change is not likely to impact faculty and that the union has no say in the matter, CFA members beg to differ. For years, faculty have relied on these vaccine mandates for their health and safety, and there is no evidence that the mandates are no longer needed.
CSU management is cavalierly disregarding public health and faculty concerns and input. The move also goes against California Department of Public Health and American College Health Association guidelines.
The case is moving forward, and the next step includes a mandatory settlement conference.