Just a day after President Biden visits Chicago Mayor Laurie Lightfoot said Friday that Mayor Laurie Lightfoot said on Friday that vaccines are the only way to defeat the coronavirus.
Mayor announces mandate for workers in Chicago in August… But the proposal was immediately met with opposition from staff and work groups, including the Fraternal Order of Police and the Chicago Labor Federation.
Workers who have not been fully vaccinated by October 15, including those who have applied for medical or religious exemptions, are now required to be tested twice a week at intervals of three to four days at their own time and expense. the mayor said.
Employees who do not report their vaccination status by October 15 will be sent on unpaid leave.
The testing option will run until December 31st, after which time employees must be fully vaccinated unless they receive a medical or religious exemption. It was unclear what the consequences would be for those who refuse to comply.
Cities and states across the country have introduced mandatory vaccines for their workers, and some have faced legal challenges.
After the court postponed the decision to vaccinate teachers and employees of New York public schools, the vaccination requirement was canceled. cleared to continue after the decision of the Federal Appeals Commission last week. Despite resistance, the mandate forced tens of thousands of Ministry of Education employees to receive their images.
Municipal workers in Seattle and in Los Angeles should be fully vaccinated against the virus by next week, although, unlike Chicago policy, there is no testing facility here. Both mandates allow for religious or medical accommodations.
Chicago has been in talks with unions since the August announcement.