What Should UC Nurses (or other UC employees) do if they are told they won’t be put on the Schedule Because they Haven’t Taken the Flu Shot

What Should UC Nurses (or other UC employees) do if they are told they won’t be put on the Schedule Because they Haven’t Taken the Flu Shot

I have been getting many emails from nurses in the UC system who are being told that their flu mandate paperwork is overdue and unless they get the shot by November 1st they won’t be put on the work schedule. My reading of the Judge’s order in the case is that he has ordered the UC system not to take any action against any member of the UC community until he issued his decision on November 4th. Therefore it would be a violation of the court’s order to not put a nurse on the work schedule for that stated reason and would subject the Regents and President Drake to a contempt of court citation (or additional citation since we are already moving to hold them in contempt, per my previous post.

Obviously, the UC does not appear to be telling anyone about the court’s order. My suggestion is that you advise your supervisor or HR person that there is a court order, and have them contact the UC’s general counsel’s office. Two of the GC’s associate counsels are attorneys of record in our injunction case and are fully aware of the court’s ruling. I assume either of them will set your supervisor straight about what can’t be done to you.

Alternatively, I suppose you could email them, tell them the problem, and ask if they could contact your supervisor and explain the court order. My sense is while the UC is slow to comply, the UC attorneys will act with alacrity since they well understand what the court meant and will try to make sure that your supervisor does not violate the court order and cause the UC even more problems than they currently have.

Here is their contact information is:

Norman J. Hamill, Esq.

norman.hamill@ucop.edu

Katharine Essick, Esq.

katharine.essick@ucop.edu

tel 510-987-9800

fax: 510-987-9757

If you do contact them, of course, please be respectful. Even though you disagree with the UC’s position, these lawyers are just doing their jobs and taking orders from the decision-makers on this. They are part of a highly professional legal team advancing the stated interests of the UC (which unfortunately are against your interests and the interests of many in the UC community, or so we hope to prove to the judge.).

I hope they can work it out for you. But if they don’t, drop me an email, and I may submit it to the court as additional information in our contempt of court proceeding.

Rick Jaffe, Esq.

 

 

 

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  1. So the CEO of UC Irvine health, Chad T. Lefteris, is still sending us emails forcing us to take the vacine before this Saturday. He either missed the memo or doesn’t care.

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