Goodbye Masks, Hello Mandatory Vaccines For California Workers? Is AB-1993 More Than Just Jabber!

By D.J. Blutarsky | 

The State of California has a longstanding reputation of leading the U.S. in progressive legislation, even when those positions might buck national trends. Just as Governor Newsom has largely ended the indoor mask mandate, along comes new legislation, that if signed into law, will require all employers in California to affirm that all employees have been COVID vaccinated. 

After the U.S. Supreme Court ruled last month that the federal OSHA exceeded their authority to require all employers to impose vaccination requirements on workers, California lawmakers led by Assemblymember Buffy Wicks (D-Oakland) last week introduced  AB-1993 to do in California what could not be done by the federal government. Beginning on January 1, 2023, the Bill would grant authority to Cal OSHA to require all employers to certify that all their employees and contractors have been properly vaccinated or face fines by OSHA.

I can see both sides of the issue. On the one hand, all workers ought to be able to show up to work with an expectation that their workplace is safe. But opponents would argue that a COVID shot is not the same as a loose stair railing, breathing hazardous fumes, or other workplace safety issues, and the State needs to butt out.

While the Canadian truckers garnered world attention, I wonder how this shot mandate will play out in California? The Bill has not yet moved into Committee hearings, and there are a lot of big news items currently stealing the headlines right now. Throw in mid-term elections and we have a potential ticking news bomb! 

Is AB-1993 just jabber, or is it "dump the mask but you better get jabbed"?

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