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October 14, 2020

UC Preliminary Injunction Hearing Now Set for Oct. 22

We received word Tuesday that our motion for preliminary injunction will be heard by the judge on Oct. 22 at 1:30 p.m. Anyone who wants to watch should be able to by visiting the Alameda County Superior Court website. I will give further instructions closer to the hearing date.

You will recall that the case was originally set for Oct. 14, but after the case was transferred to another judge it was reset to Nov. 12. We then asked the court to reset it prior to the Nov. 1 flu mandate. Perhaps after reading the papers, the court agreed that the UC community had a right to have a judge look at the executive orders and issue a ruling before they go into effect. So, that’s something (and better than a stick in the eye).

On related issues, I hear that the UC press office is still pushing hard on everyone getting the flu shot ASAP. Please let all your friends, classmates, colleagues and co-workers know that if they don’t want to get the shot, they should at least wait until we get a decision on the injunction motion. I doubt they will get that point of view from the UC administration.

Also, I’d like to hear about anyone’s experience in seeking or obtaining a religious exemption. I am hearing that they are not hard to get, but I am still sceptical.

Fingers crossed, may the force be with us and whatever.

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