Union files suit to stop flu shot mandate

SEIU HEALTHCARE EMPLOYEES Union Local 1199 NE has filed a federal lawsuit trying to stop Rhode Island from enforcing new regulations requiring the state’s health care workers either get a flu vaccination or wear a mask when in contact with patients during periods of widespread flu activity.
Posted 12/7/12

PROVIDENCE – SEIU Healthcare Employees Union Local 1199 NE has filed a federal lawsuit aimed to stop Rhode Island from enforcing new regulations mandating flu vaccines for health care workers, the Associated Press reported.

The Rhode Island mandate requires health care workers to either get a flu vaccine or wear a surgical mask when they come in contact with patients during flu season.

The workers who don’t comply with the vaccine mandate and refuse to wear a mask face fines and disciplinary action.

According to the news source, the union is arguing that there is no medical evidence substantiating the claim that vaccinating workers protects patients or that surgical masks help stop flu transmission.

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