PPOA learned late last night of a new Executive Order requiring all Los Angeles County employees to provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination by October 1, 2021. This mandate impacts all 110,000 LA County employees, including all active PPOA members.
Today, PPOA executives and legal counsel initiated a review of the Executive Order which was issued publicly via social media by LA County Board Chair Hilda Solis despite making no effort to notify or collaborate with PPOA or any of the labor unions representing County employees.
PPOA has notified the County, Sheriff’s Department, District Attorney’s Bureau of Investigation, and Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner of our intent to actively and aggressively assert our bargaining rights to negotiate over the decision of this Executive Order, as well as the impacts of this decision on our membership. Having not yet received any additional information or proposed policies, PPOA awaits further information from the County and its departments to strategize specific responses.
“As PPOA is a collaborative labor partner, we are extremely disappointed in the manner in which this Executive Order was executed without conversation. The definition of labor relations includes communication, of which, our organization and membership were provided NONE. This type of unilateral action is perplexing as PPOA has proven to be cooperating effectively in every aspect of negotiations throughout this pandemic.”
– President Tab Rhodes
PPOA will update our membership when additional information becomes available.