NYC firefighter union boss calls on members to DEFY city's vaccine mandate & ‘report for duty' regardless of vax status
Added 10-28-21 12:37:03am EST - “A major firefighter's union in New York City has urged its members to show up for work even if they are unvaccinated, effectively asking them to defy the Big Apple's controversial new Covid vaccine mandate for public employees.” - Rt.com
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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Rt.com: “NYC firefighter union boss calls on members to DEFY city’s vaccine mandate & ‘report for duty’ regardless of vax status”. Below is an excerpt from the article.
“I have told my members that if they choose to remain unvaccinated, they must still report for duty,” Andrew Ansbro, president of the Uniformed Firefighters Association, said during a Wednesday press conference. He added that many firefighters in the city feel “insulted” by Mayor Bill de Blasio’s latest mandate, which will take effect on Friday.
If they are told they cannot work, it will be the department and city of New York that sends them home. And it will be the department and the city of New York that has failed to protect the citizens of New York.
While the city already had a mandate in place for public employees, de Blasio’s most recent order eliminated a test-out option, which previously allowed workers to provide negative Covid tests in lieu of proof of vaccination. Now, tens of thousands of city employees must show they’ve received at least one dose of vaccine by 5pm Friday; those who fail to comply could face unpaid leave.
The new order has already prompted heated protests from affected workers, with thousands of cops, firefighters and other city employees taking to the streets on Monday to oppose the mandate – at one point shutting down the Brooklyn Bridge.
The New York City Fire Department employs about 17,000 people in total, including firefighters, medical staff and other non-emergency personnel, according to department data cited by Reuters. While around 68% of the department’s workforce has been immunized, given current vaccination rates, New York could still see up to 20% of its fire units forced to shut down due to the mandate, and the department has predicted a 20% reduction in ambulance services.
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