Chicago’s mayor guts the city’s vaccine mandate for public workers.


Just a day after President Biden visited Chicago to plead for vaccine mandates, saying they have been the solely approach to defeat the coronavirus, Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Friday stated public employees might decide out of the city’s mandate till the finish of the yr by getting frequently examined.

The mayor introduced the mandate for Chicago employees in August. But the proposal was met with fast pushback from workers and labor teams, together with the Fraternal Order of Police and the Chicago Federation of Labor.

Now, employees who aren’t totally vaccinated by Oct. 15, together with those that have sought medical or spiritual exemptions, should get examined twice per week, separated by three to 4 days, at their very own time and expense, the mayor’s workplace stated.

Employees who fail to report their vaccination standing by the Oct. 15 deadline shall be positioned on unpaid go away.

The test-out choice will stay in place till Dec. 31, after which workers have to be totally vaccinated except they’ve acquired a medical or spiritual exemption. It was unclear what the penalties shall be for those that refuse to conform.

Cities and states round the nation have launched vaccine mandates for their employees, and a few have been met with authorized challenges.

After being delayed by the courts, a vaccine mandate for educators and employees in New York City public colleges was cleared to proceed after a ruling by a federal appeals panel final week. Though it confronted opposition, the mandate pushed tens of hundreds of Department of Education workers to get their pictures.

Municipal employees in Seattle and in Los Angeles are required to be totally inoculated towards the virus by subsequent week, although not like Chicago’s coverage, there is no such thing as a test-out choice. Both mandates enable for spiritual or medical lodging.

Chicago had been negotiating with labor unions since the August announcement.