The City of Evanston is pleased to announce that it has secured a memorandum of understanding with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees regarding 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 and Human Services Department.
The agreement with AFSCME follows earlier agreements reached with the city’s Fraternal Order of Police patrol and International Association of Fire Fighters employee unions, which together comprise approximately 97% of City of Evanston union employees.
The City continues to work directly with the FOP sergeants union to finalize a memorandum of understanding for remaining city employees covered by a collective bargaining agreement.
“City of Evanston staff have been central to our community’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic while also ensuring the continuity of critical services that our residents depend on,” Mayor Daniel Biss said in a news release. “I am grateful to AFSCME and its members for their hard work and continued dedication to keeping our community safe and healthy, as well as Interim City Manager Kelley Gandurski and her team for facilitating this agreement.”
“Thank you to AFSCME and the city’s Health and Human Services Department, Law Department and Human Resources Division for working together to reach this important agreement,” Interim City Manager Kelley Gandurski said in the release. “I greatly appreciate our entire city staff team for their continued hard work, dedication and commitment to public health.”
For more information, visit cityofevanston.org/vaccine or call or text 847-448-4311. For convenience, residents may simply dial 311 in Evanston.
Source: City of Evanston