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On Friday, the Sacramento Central Labor Council held a vaccination event where some 650 union members received the COVID-19 shot. Speaking at last week’s event, Fabrizio Sasso (SEIU), executive director of the labor council, said: “It’s important that every union member knows when they are eligible for their vaccine. Our role at the labor council is to insure that they have access to one.” Commenting on the importance of these clinics for the wider community, Sasso added, “It’s good for the community to see workers in their uniforms, their postal worker in uniform, their county or state worker in uniform, getting their vaccinations, because it makes it real, it makes it clear how many essential workers there are and how important it is to protect them.”
The labor council credited statewide and local unions from across the labor movement in California: UNITE HERE Local 49, Sacramento Area Fire Fighters-IAFF Local 522, the California Nurses Association/NNU (CNA/NNU), United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) 8-Golden State, American Postal Workers Union (APWU) Local 0066, National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Branch 133, Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1245, UDW/AFSCME Local 3930, AFGE District 12, Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 39, SEIU-United Service Workers West, and SEIU locals 1000 and 1021.