Live Blog: Workers at risk of sacking as vaccine deadline approaches

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Monday, October 18 is the deadline for all government employees, those working in child care facilities, kindergarten to grade 12 and higher education, and most caregivers. Washington State Health and Long-Term Care Department to show proof of Covid-19 vaccination as a condition of employment, unless they qualify for an exemption.

King County and the City of Seattle have adopted similar mandates for employees.

Monday, October 18

Washington State’s unvaccinated workers face their last day of work

Monday is the deadline for Washington state employees, health and long-term care workers, and those working in education to be fully immunized. Those who are not could find themselves without a job at the end of the day. Some of the state employees threatened with dismissal have been granted exemptions, but not a workplace accommodation so they can stay on the payroll.

For over 30 years, Charles LeBlanc served Washington State. First as a state soldier, reaching the rank of captain. And, since 2017, as Washington Fire Marshal, overseeing things like the state’s fire training academy and enforcing fireworks regulations. But now LeBlanc is about to surrender his badge.

“The 18 [of October] will be my last day of work for the state. On the 19th, I will leave without another job, without medical or dental coverage for my family, ”said LeBlanc.

LeBlanc is among hundreds, if not thousands, of Washington state employees who are on the verge of losing their jobs on Monday because they failed to comply with Gov. Jay Inslee’s requirement to be vaccinated against the Covid-19. The state does not expect to know the true number of “separations” for several days.

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—Austin Jenkins

Seattle public schools cut more than 100 bus lines in response to driver shortage

Seattle Public Schools have suspended about 142 of its bus lines, citing a continuing shortage of drivers exacerbated by failure to meet Governor Inslee’s vaccination mandate for state employees. The district uses third-party contractor First Student, who is also subject to Inslee’s vaccination mandate, for the bus service.

“Inconsistent bus service is disruptive on many levels and we do our best to make sure that students can get to and from school safely and on time,” the students said. district officials in a written statement.

In the meantime, Seattle Public Schools said they are continuing bus service for students receiving special education and disability services who need district-provided transportation, as well as McKinney Vento and students in foster homes, schools that primarily serve historically underserved students, and schools in temporary sites. .

Liz Brazil

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