Vegas District's Vaccination Mandate For Workers Pending

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Officials of several employee unions say they haven't had any negotiations with the metro Las Vegas school district since its board voted to generally require that employees be vaccinated against COVID-19, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

The Clark County School District board voted 5-1 in early September to approve a vaccination mandate, which would allow for medical and religious exemptions.

The board directed the superintendent to draft a policy on mandating vaccinations but did not set a timeline.

The district said Wednesday that employee unions were “being consulted in the development of the vaccination plan and the plan will be made available to the public once it is finalized.”

The Clark County Education Association, which represents teachers and other licensed school district employees, said it hadn't negotiated with the district yet over the mandate or been notified that the district has a plan.

Stephen Augspurger, executive director of the Clark County Association of School Administrators and Professional Technical Employees, said Tuesday that no negotiations had been held or scheduled.

However, Augspurger said the district requested information from the union and the union responded with a Sept. 20 letter recommending against mandating vaccinations “at this time."