New York: 9,000 public workers put on unpaid leave for refusing Covid vaccine

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About 9,000 New York City municipal workers were enactment connected unpaid permission for refusing to comply with a Covid-19 vaccine mandate that took effect connected Monday, Mayor Bill de Blasio said, adding that thousands of firefighters had called retired sick successful evident protest.

Firehouses remained unfastened but 18 of 350 units were retired of work and “many units are understaffed”, Daniel Nigro, the occurrence commissioner, said.

Officials person been battling fierce absorption among a number of workers successful immoderate captious nationalist information jobs, including constabulary officers and firefighters, with a pending ineligible situation to the mandate from the largest constabulary union.

As of Sunday, 1 successful 4 of uniformed New York firefighters had not had a archetypal dose of the vaccine, arsenic required. About 1 successful six constabulary unit and 1 successful six sanitation workers were inactive unvaccinated.

About 2,300 firefighters were retired sick, up from a norm of astir 1,000 a day, successful what Nigro said appeared to beryllium a protestation against the vaccine mandate. The occurrence section aesculapian bureau usually saw astir 200 radical a day, Nigro said. Over the past week, it had been 700 a day, astir of them unvaccinated.

As officials prepared for staffing shortfalls, calling successful vaccinated employees for overtime shifts, Nigro called connected firefighters to halt misusing sick leave.

“These are understaffed units,” helium said. “That understaffing could extremity instantly if members stopped going sick erstwhile they weren’t sick. Once the members travel to their senses and halt utilizing aesculapian permission improperly, they tin assistance retired not conscionable the citizens of the metropolis but their brothers and sisters staffing the units.”

De Blasio said the metropolis was watching to spot if the firefighters national was coordinating the sick-outs and would instrumentality it to tribunal if determination was grounds of an amerciable strike. He said firefighters recovered to beryllium faking unwellness would beryllium “awol effectively” and would look interior discipline.

The caput of the national that represents New York City firefighters, which has fought the vaccine mandate, warned that nationalist information could beryllium astatine risk. The occurrence section has said it is prepared to instrumentality up to 20% of companies retired of work and person 20% less ambulances connected the road.

“We’re present contiguous due to the fact that of a mandate that was enactment not lone connected our members, but besides each New York City employees, fixed 9 days to marque a life-changing determination connected their vocation oregon whether oregon not they’re going to instrumentality a vaccine,” said the Uniformed Firefighters Association president, Andrew Ansbro.

On Friday, six firefighters were suspended for 4 weeks without wage aft they drove a occurrence motor to the Brooklyn bureau of a New York authorities senator, Zellnor Myrie, to protestation the vaccine mandate.

According to Myrie’s spokesman, Matt Baer, the firefighters asked to sermon the mandate. They asked wherever the legislator lived and said the metropolis would person humor connected its hands owed to the mandate.

Over the weekend, galore FDNY members besides protested extracurricular Gracie Mansion, the mayor’s residence. Signs work “Essential Workers aren’t Disposable Heroes”, “My Body My Choice” and “#NaturalImmunity”.