Pritzker delays vaccine deadline for some officials | Government-and-politics
Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced in August that all workers in the city of Chicago must be fully immunized against the coronavirus by October 15, following many cities across the United States. immediately opposed by the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police, the city’s largest police department union.
This sparked ongoing public fighting between Lightfoot and Catanzara, with the union leader at one point comparing the vaccination mandate to the Holocaust. A swift conviction of Lightfoot and others followed, and Catanzara apologized.
In early October, Lightfoot raised the stakes, promising unspecified “consequences” for city workers who missed the October 15 deadline. This hard line came even as the FOP told its members they could bypass the vaccination requirement by undergoing regular COVID-19 testing without threatening to lose their pay or be fired.
Lightfoot disputed this statement, but on October 8, she agreed to allow city workers to forgo the vaccine until the end of the year, if they undergo twice-weekly tests on their own. costs.
But she also said that employees who fail to complete the city portal form, whether vaccinated or not, will be placed in default.
This week, the rhetoric between the mayor and Catanzara escalated further, with the latter vowing to take legal action and calling on members to defy reporting requirements on the city’s form as Friday’s deadline expires. profiled.
Then on Friday morning, Lightfoot reported that the city had filed an injunction complaint a day earlier against the FOP and Catanzara, saying it “participated in, supported and encouraged a work stoppage or strike.”
At least four Chicago police officers have died from COVID-19, and the FOP announced the death of its former president Dean Angelo from complications from COVID-19 on Tuesday – the same day, Catanzara threatened legal action for the tenure of the vaccine.