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BART workforce has declined by about 250 positions since March 2021

Original post made on Mar 21, 2022

Nearly 100 BART employees have quit or been fired in recent months after failing to comply with the agency's COVID-19 vaccination mandate, amounting to roughly 2% of BART's workforce.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Sunday, March 20, 2022, 9:14 PM

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Posted by Johnny Apple
a resident of Dublin
on Mar 21, 2022 at 10:34 am

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The article did not mention anything about those were fired WITH an approved religious exemption. Also about how 75+ employees were granted a RELIGIOUS EXEMPTION but 0 were accommodated. DISCRIMINATION at its finest!

Posted by MikeDavis
a resident of Carriage Gardens
on Mar 21, 2022 at 11:00 am

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There are no major religions that forbid covid vaccinations. The religions that do prohibit vaccination are tiny splinter groups. None of those groups have a presence in Northern California. To claim a religious exemption, it must be a sincerely held religious belief. This is demonstrated by proving your membership in a religious group and the doctrine that would provide the exemption.

The BART workers could provide neither, so they're clearly attempting to cloak their political agenda as a religious belief. I'm glad BART did the right thing and fired them. A public employee should not be making political statements on my dime.

Posted by PeeryOUTS
a resident of Avila
on Mar 22, 2022 at 9:53 pm

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@MikeDavis. I want to clarify that BART HR approved 75+ religious exemptions. Meaning they interviewed them and deemed that they IN FACT had a sincerly held religious belief against the vaccination. Maybe you should educate yourself about the topic on 75+ employees had APPROVED religious exemptions from HR. None were accommodated..

Posted by MikeDavis
a resident of Carriage Gardens
on Mar 23, 2022 at 7:20 am

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Peery - Im assuming you have a source for your claims considering they do not jive with any publicly available information? Not to mention, they make no logical sense. How exactly does an approved exemption to the agency's policy result in being fired for failing to adhere to the policy they were exempt from? Basic logic would tell you they were not approved for an exemption or the exemption was revoked. The article even specifies the impacted employees had a hearing to discuss the situation and make their case. Under your claims, how exactly do you see that playing out if they were approved for an exemption?

Bart - you need to get vaccinated or we are going to fire you.
Plague rat - I have an exemption.
Bart - Its been revoked.
Plague rat - But Trump said drinking bleach, shoving a lightbulb up my behind, and taking horse dewormer would work!
Bart - Pack your stuff, youre fired.
Plague Rat - But Jesus?
Bart - No

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