Chicago Mayor Lightfoot, police union clashes after warning of ‘consequences’ for city workers who don’t get vaccinated
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot vowed Friday that there will be “consequences” for any city employee who is not perfect to feed By October 15, according to reports, the city continued negotiations with labor unions.
Lightfoot and the Fraternal Order police She disagreed about whether her condition affected her members, the Chicago Tribune reported.
The union said in a statement that the deadline will only apply to coronavirus testing and no one’s wages will be affected, adding that self-reporting of vaccination status was “voluntary.”
But Lightfoot, a Democrat, denied there was room for union members.
“Every employee in the city of Chicago should be vaccinated,” she said at a news conference Friday, according to FOX 32 in Chicago. “I didn’t get the full reading from today’s meeting, but it’s stupid that we buried four police officers who died of COVID. Sometimes last week they commemorated their stars at CPD headquarters.”
She added, “It would be foolish to attempt a victory run when there is so much at stake. Unfortunately, this is in line with the leadership of the sister congregation of the police. They will be vaccinated.”
Friday was the last day to get the vaccine (Pfizer and Moderna’s second shot) to make sure an employee was fully vaccinated by the deadline — because the vaccine takes two weeks to take effect.
Lightfoot did not provide any details about what the “consequences” of not vaccinating would be, only talking about “additional steps being taken,” according to Tribune.
“What I’m saying is that there will be consequences if people don’t stick to what the policy is by October 15,” adding that she believes in “accountability” and hopes workers will voluntarily comply with the requirements, Fox 32 mentioned.
In a situation that appears to conflict with the mayor, the city’s public health commissioner, Dr. Allison Arwady, said the city will initially have testing requirements for employees who have not been vaccinated by the deadline, platform mentioned.
City officials need to be consistent in their interpretations of the policies, Bob Reiter, president of the Chicago Labor Union, said in a statement, stressing that his union did not sign the vaccination clause.