JASON RANTZ

Dunn pushes to get unvaccinated employees their jobs back post-mandate

Feb 17, 2023, 2:21 PM | Updated: Feb 18, 2023, 9:03 am

King County sheriff...

A King County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) vehicle. (Photo courtesy of King County Sheriff's Office)

(Photo courtesy of King County Sheriff's Office)

Now that the vaccine mandate has ended as a condition of employment in Washington state, the question remains: Can terminated employees return to work?

King County Council Vice-Chair Reagan Dunn, working alongside State Representative Chris Cory, is drawing up a bill, House Bill 1814, that would allow the employees who opted out of the vaccine to have the opportunity to go back to their old posts.

Brandi Kruse on expelling vaccine mandate: ‘I never thought I’d see the day’

“We decided to sort of do a two-pronged approach to try and roll back these terminations that occurred. The county was firing people as recently as January because of the vaccine,” Dunn said on The Jason Rantz Show

According to Dunn, more than 300 state employees were terminated because they refused to get the vaccine or turn over the required information.

“And a lot more than that number resigned early because they didn’t want to have a termination on their record,” Dunn added. “And here’s the problem. We are short. We have more than 100 vacancies for sheriff’s deputies in King County at a time when crime is at historic highs and drug overdoses are at historic highs. The cartels are moving into our community. We need officers right now.”

The Seattle City Council approved hiring bonuses for police officers of up to $30,000 — as long as they remain with the department for five years. The decision passed on a 6-3 vote last August.

The bonus is part of Mayor Bruce Harrell’s overarching plan to increase SPD’s staff of deployable officers from the current level of sub-1,000 to nearly 1,500 over the next five years.

“Should the [terminated employees] get back pay if they decide to come back?” Rantz asked.

Seattle police officers confirm in exit interviews: Money isn’t the issue

“I would support back pay. I’d support a bonus one or the other. I will consider both,” Dunn answered. “But I don’t think the taxpayers should be hit too hard for the unfortunate policy decisions of the elected leaders in the downtown Seattle crowd. Its just they beat the heck out of the cops. It’s so tragic.”

King County officials reported more than 98% of its approximately 15,000 employees provided proof of vaccination when the mandate was created. The county also added an additional 4,000 employees since the mandate.

The bill is also sponsored by Representatives Mike Chapman, Mike Volz, Eric Robertson, Cyndy Jacobsen, Dan Griffey, Travis Couture, Jenny Graham, Stephanie McClintock, and Suzanne Schmidt.

Listen to the Jason Rantz Show weekday afternoons from 3 – 6 p.m. on KTTH 770 AM (or HD Radio 97.3 FM HD-Channel 3). Subscribe to the podcast here.

Jason Rantz on AM 770 KTTH
  • listen to jason rantzTune in to AM 770 KTTH weekdays at 3-7pm toThe Jason Rantz Show.

Jason Rantz Show

Jason Rantz

...

MyNorthwest Video

Video: Adrian Diaz Shares his secret. EXCLUSIVELY with Jason Rantz

Former Seattle Police chief Adrian Diaz. Find out what else he has to say in his only interview. Listen to The Jason Rantz Show weekdays from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. on AM 770 KTTH or on-demand wherever you listen to podcasts.

12 hours ago

Adrian Diaz gay...

Jason Rantz

Rantz Exclusive: Former Seattle police Chief Adrian Diaz announces he’s gay

Former Seattle police Chief Adrian Diaz was accused of "predatory behavior" towards female staff. There's an issue with the claim: He's gay.

13 hours ago

(Photo courtesy of SPD via LinkedIn)...

Jason Rantz

Rantz: Seattle Police Department recruiting DACA recipients to be cops

The Seattle Police Department (SPD) is actively looking to recruit DACA recipients to be cops. Is this constitutional? Is it a good idea?

1 day ago

Photo: Bow Lake Elementary...

Jason Rantz

Rantz: SeaTac teacher to host 5th graders on a protest march for social justice causes

A Bow Lake Elementary teacher is planning a March for Justice for 5th graders. It's unclear if there is parental consent.

4 days ago

Image: Semi Bird is running in 2024 to be Washington's governor....

Jason Rantz

Rantz Exclusive: Soldiers who researched Semi Bird detail what led to reprimand for ‘fraud,’ wearing awards and badges he did not earn

Three National Guard soldiers offer exclusive details behind what led to gubernatorial candidate Semi Bird earning a reprimand for "fraud."

5 days ago

Image: Students say district officials are nixing a 'Thor' mascot mural at Mountain View High Schoo...

Jason Rantz

Rantz: School district rejected ‘white supremacist’ Thor mural for not being inclusive enough

Students say district officials are nixing a 'Thor' mascot mural at Mountain View High School for not being gender and racially inclusive.

6 days ago

Dunn pushes to get unvaccinated employees their jobs back post-mandate