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City and AFSCME agree on vaccine mandate

Agreement brings to 97% the share of Evanston's unionized city workers who have agreed to be fully vaccinated or be tested weekly for COVID-19.

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The City of Evanston announced Monday afternoon that it has a memorandum of understanding with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees about the city’s mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy.

Effective today, the policy requires all city staff to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or to submit negative test results weekly to the City’s Health & Human Services Department.

The city previously reached agreement on the vaccination policy with the Fraternal Order of Police patrol unit and the International Association of Fire Fighters local. Combined, the three groups represent about 97% of the city’s union employees.

The City continues to work with the FOP sergeants union on a memorandum of understanding for the remaining city employees covered by a collective bargaining agreement.

Mayor Daniel Biss said, “I am grateful to AFSCME and its members for their hard work and continued dedication to keeping our community safe and healthy.”


Update 11/17/21: The city announced Wednesday afternoon that it has also reached agreement with the Fraternal Order of Police sergeants unit. So it now has agreements regarding the COVID-19 vaccination policy with all four city unions.

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