COVID Chicago: 12 aldermen write letter to Mayor Lori Lightfoot to reconsider the consequences for unvaccinated city workers – What We Know!

CHICAGO (WLS) — Some Chicago aldermen are calling on town to finish disciplinary motion in opposition to unvaccinated metropolis staff.

Below the present Chicago mandate, firefighters, cops and different metropolis staff face self-discipline and even termination in the event that they don’t comply by March 13.

Its resolution time for Mayor Lori Lightfoot and the Metropolis of Chicago.

With a vaccine mandate deadline approaching, a bunch of aldermen are pushing again, asking the mayor to rethink the implications for unvaccinated metropolis staff.

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“Due to the mayor’s vaccine mandate have been gonna see 1 / 4 of our Chicago Police Division laid off come Monday March 13,” mentioned Ald. Silvana Tabares, twenty third Ward.

Ald. Tabares is one in all 12 to signal this letter saying, “Town’s pursuit of curbing the COVID-19 pandemic is threatening the standard of life in our metropolis.”

Proper now, ABC7 knowledge exhibits roughly 87% staff are vaccinated, whereas 12% are nonetheless not vaccinated.

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“We would like the mayor to consider pure immunity for earlier an infection earlier than she terminates or disciplines any metropolis employee,” Tabares mentioned.

Because the COVID-19 pandemic enters one more section, these 12 aldermen need town to be on the identical web page to not take away any metropolis staff from public security sources.

“Skyrocketing crime and criminals are emboldened than ever earlier than, and residents in my ward don’t wish to see much less cops patrolling the neighborhoods,” Tabares mentioned.

Tabares mentioned the 12 aldermen additionally need transparency inside the dealing with of vaccine exemptions for metropolis staff, saying virtually all of them have been denied.

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The aldermen expect a response from the mayor Friday and are keen to carry a particular council assembly if there isn’t any change.

The mayor launched a press release Friday.

“Workers who fail to adjust to the Metropolis’s vaccination coverage will probably be positioned in a non-disciplinary, no pay standing till they arrive into compliance with the coverage. All Metropolis staff, together with Chicago Police Officers, who fail to conform may face disciplinary motion, as much as and together with termination. These selections will probably be addressed at a person and division stage, and are being undertaken in a fashion that won’t influence public security or the continuity of on a regular basis authorities operations. Union-covered and profession service staff are entitled to enchantment a termination. For a few of these staff, the listening to is with the Human Sources Board, for others it would happen with an arbitrator. At-will staff could be terminated at will.”

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