The Worker’s Rights bill that we have been working as a team is now officially in the Senate Pensions and Labor committee. THIS IS FANTASTIC NEWS!!!
Here is a synopsis of the bill: Workplace immunization prohibition. Prohibits an employer from requiring, as a condition of employment, an employee or prospective employee to receive any immunization if the immunization is medically contraindicated for the employee or receiving the immunization is against the employee’s religious beliefs or conscience. Allows for a civil action against an employer for a violation.
Here is a link to read the bill:
Current Indiana law allows for personal beliefs exemptions for flu vaccines for certain healthcare employees. You can simply say no, but several Indiana hospitals still deny exemptions, create religious challenge tests, and harass employees who decline. This bill will ensure that all employees will have the basic human right to decline an employer mandated vaccine that is against their conscience. This year, we saw several major Universities require the flu vaccine for staff. It goes to reason that the covid-19 vaccine will also be required once the FDA gives it full approval. Employers and schools cannot require vaccines that are under emergency use authorization, but it’s only a matter of months before the FDA gives approval. Factories, warehouses including Amazon, meat packers, grocery stores, retails stores, universities, schools, and healthcare facilities will be able to require vaccines. We already saw this employer mandate happen with flu vaccines this year. Employers don’t need a state law mandating vaccines, they can require vaccines on their own.
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What happens next? The bill will get a hearing and a vote in the Pensions and Labor senate committee. After it is passed, it will go to the full Senate for a vote of all 50 Senators. Then it will move over the House in their Labor committee for another hearing and committee vote. The public can testify at the Senate and the House committee hearings. This year public testimony for the Senate will be at the State House in a separate room from the committee meeting and delivered via video link. When the hearing is scheduled, we will notify you. It could happen as early as next week.
What can you do now? You can call the members of the Pensions and Labor committee, especially if you are in their district, and ask them to vote “YES” for SB 74. Calling is easy. Tell them that you want to see SB 74 passed and ask them to vote yes on the bill.
Legislative Assistant: Morgan Torres
Legislative Assistant: Cassie Anderson
Other members will be added as needed to the “contact” them list in the next few days.
This is a list of Senators on the Pensions and Labor committee who might not be as supportive, but you can call and ask them to support SB 74. This bill will also help ensure fewer expensive EEOC lawsuits as it will make exemptions clear cut.
Karen Tallian: Legislative Assistant: Tyler Hempfling
Phone: 317-232-9404 | 800-382-9467
Fady Qaddoura: Legislative Assistant: Tyler Hempfling
Phone: 317-232-9404 | 800-382-9467
Chip Perfect: Legislative Assistant:Michael Conway
David Niezgodski: Legislative Assistant: Shaneé Francher-Donald
Phone: 317-232-9491 | 800-382-9467
For people who have been writing in and saying that they don’t work, so this bill is not helpful to them….PLEASE help support this bill even if you don’t work. If we can get this passed, it sets a standard for ensuring exemptions. At the moment, Indiana’s governor has said that he does not plan to make the Covid-19 vaccine mandatory across the state. The plan is to use “other” avenues such as employment, travel, and entering venues to enforce compliance. If employers can be convinced to require vaccines, this will directly cut off the source of income for those who decline. That is the most powerful way to enforce compliance-cut your funds. This is one step in the right direction for freedom.
I also encourage you to read the Indiana state Constition to know your rights.
The Indiana state constitution guarantees our inalienable rights including religions beliefs and rights of conscience.
|Text of Section 1:Inherent Rights WE DECLARE, That all people are created equal; that they are endowed by their CREATOR with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; that all power is inherent in the people; and that all free governments are, and of right ought to be, founded on their authority, and instituted for their peace, safety, and well-being. For the advancement of these ends, the people have, at all times, an indefeasible right to alter and reform their government.
|Text of Section 2:Right to WorshipAll people shall be secured in the natural right to worship ALMIGHTY GOD, according to the dictates of their own consciences.
|Text of Section 3:Freedom of Religious OpinionsNo law shall, in any case whatever, control the free exercise and enjoyment of religious opinions, or interfere with the rights of conscience.