Chicago Police Union To Mayor Lightfoot Over Vaccine Mandate: ‘Hell, no,’ ‘We’ll see you in court’

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“We absolutely have to have a vaccine mandate. It’s for the safety of all involved, particularly members of the public who are interacting with city employees on a daily basis,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot said. But the head of the police union said they’ll fight any effort to require vaccinations.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Monday there “absolutely” will be a vaccine mandate for city employees — but the police union vowed to go to court to stop it.

One month after hinting strongly Chicago would follow New York City’s lead by requiring city employees to either show proof they’ve been fully vaccinated or get tested weekly for the coronavirus, the mayor removed all doubt.

The only questions are when the mandate will be imposed, how long unvaccinated city employees will have to comply and what the punishment will be for those among the 33,000-strong workforce who ignore the mandate.

Those details will be announced in the coming days after ongoing negotiations with unions representing city employees have been finalized. The mayor’s announcement came hours after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration fully approved the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, the first to move past the agency’s emergency-use phase.

“We absolutely have to have a vaccine mandate. It’s for the safety of all involved, particularly members of the public who are interacting with city employees on a daily basis. It’s important for colleagues to also feel like they have a workplace that is safe,” the mayor said.

“City employees are absolutely gonna be required to be vaccinated. We’re working through those discussions, which have been ongoing now for a couple of weeks with our colleagues in organized labor that represent city employees.”

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