Court grants stay in fight over UNMH flu policy

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A state district court judge has granted a temporary stay in the fight over UNM Hospital's flu shot policy for its workers.

Union officials had sought the stay, arguing that employees shouldn't be disciplined for refusing to get a flu shot before their complaints can be heard by the University of New Mexico's Labor Management Relations Board.

The union contends the hospital refused to resolve the dispute over the new policy through negotiation.

The union says its members aren't opposed to flu shots. They object to being told vaccination is mandatory, and they want to know who pays if an employee has an adverse reaction.

The hospital has said the policy was adopted to promote patient protection and safety, and employees can seek an exemption for religious or medical reasons.

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