Wait til the unions weigh in with their creative ideation on why it should not apply to union members.
HR experts correct me if I am wrong.
My - guess - as a layperson is, it would depend if a vaccine policy is a mandatory subject of bargaining.
We went through something similar in the union I was a member of regarding annual mandatory flu shots. Everything is negotiable.
More importantly, I would say based on my time in a union is to have a Quarantine, and especially a Working Quarantine Policy in case you are ordered to report for operations. Financially, it made a big difference when I was on quarantine, and still does with Covid, and whatever comes next.
45.17 (a) Time lost by a Paramedic as a result of being quarantined by any official authorized to do so in accordance with the applicable legislation because of a job-related incident shall be treated as a leave of absence
with pay for the duration of the quarantine.
45.17(b) (i) All Paramedics who are under quarantine will be paid their regular rate of pay for their regularly scheduled shifts.
(ii) In addition to the compensation provided for in paragraph (i), all Paramedics who work while under a ‘Work Quarantine’ will be
paid a quarantine compensation premium of their regular hourly rate of pay for all hours worked.
Clarity Note: The net effect of the above paragraph (ii) means all Local 416 Paramedics shall receive their regular hourly rate under paragraph (i) and a second regular hourly rate under paragraph (ii), or double time, while performing their work under the ‘Work Quarantine’, for their regularly scheduled hours only.
(iii) In addition to the quarantine compensation premium provided for in paragraph (ii) above, all Paramedics who work while under a
‘Work Quarantine’ will be paid at the rate of time and one-half (1½) the regular rate of pay for the overtime hours worked beyond
their regularly scheduled shift. (e.g., after 12 hours)
Clarity Note: The net effect of the above paragraph (iii) means that all Local 416 Paramedics that are engaged in end-of-shift overtime while under the ‘Work Quarantine’ will receive their regular hourly rate referred
to in paragraph (ii), plus time and one-half (1 ½) the regular hourly rate. Thereby equalling two and one-half (2 ½) times their regular hourly rate for all end of shift overtime hours worked.
(iv) All Paramedics who work on a scheduled day off, while under a ‘Work Quarantine’ will be paid time and one half (1 ½ ) the regular rate of pay, plus an additional quarantine compensation premium of one-half (½) the regular rate of pay, for all hours worked.
Clarity Note: The net effect of the above paragraph (iv) means all Local 416 Paramedics working on their days off while under the ‘Work Quarantine’ shall be paid double time for all hours worked.
(v) Once the employee agrees to work under a ‘Work Quarantine’ he/she will be expected to report for their regularly scheduled
shifts for the period the quarantine is in effect. An employee who chooses to be on ‘Home Quarantine’ and later chooses to work
under ‘Work Quarantine’ must notify the Scheduling Unit eight hours prior to the commencement of their next scheduled shift.
(vi) These terms represent exceptional and unusual circumstances and only apply when a ‘Work Quarantine’ has been declared by
any official authorized to do so in accordance with the applicable legislation.
(vii)Local 416 Paramedics that work or choose to work under the provisions
of clause 45.17(b) shall continue to receive all their normal Collective Agreement entitlements in addition to the quarantine
premium pay referred to herein, which would include but is not limited to, shift premiums. It is understood that this provision is
not intended to provide Paramedics with any further overtime entitlement than is already provided for in paragraphs (iii) and (iv).