The largest New York Police Department labor union privately told members it would sue the city if officers were forced to get a coronavirus vaccine, the New York Post reported.
â€œIf the City attempts to impose a vaccine mandate on PBA members, we will take legal action to defend our membersâ€™ right to make such personal medical decisions,â€ Police Benevolent Association President Patrick LynchÂ toldÂ the Post.
The PBA, whichÂ representsÂ 24,000 NYPD officers and employees, is the latest labor union to take issue with the cityâ€™s plans for requiring vaccination among public employees. Unions â€” like the Emergency Medical Service workers union â€” haveÂ criticizedÂ Democratic both Mayor Bill de Blasioâ€™s proposal to mandate that all city workers get vaccinated and hisÂ threatÂ of â€œvery toughâ€ consequences for those who donâ€™t.
De Blasio said that all of the roughly 400,000 New York City workers would soon need to submit proof of vaccination or get tested for coronavirus weeklyÂ during an interviewÂ in July. He added that people who refuse to get the vaccine are â€œunderminingâ€ the cityâ€™s future.
Earlier this week, the mayor said all 148,000 public school teachers and staffÂ must be at least partially vaccinatedÂ by Sept. 27 and couldnâ€™t choose to submit weekly coronavirus tests instead. But top teachers and principals unions said they hadnâ€™t yet agreed to the mandate.
â€œWhile the city is asserting its legal authority to establish this mandate, there are many implementation details, including provisions for medical exceptions, that by law must be negotiated with the [United Federation of Teachers (UFT)] and other unions, and if necessary, resolved by arbitration,â€ UFT President Michael Mulgrew said in a statement following de Blasioâ€™s announcement.
The Council of School Supervisors & Administrators also urged the city to negotiate the â€œspecifics of the new policyâ€ with it and other major unions.
â€œAs of this writing, the City has not indicated whether it will attempt to impose vaccine mandates on other city workers, including police officers,â€Â Lynch, the PBA president, similarly said on Wednesday, according to the New York Post.
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