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Colorado construction associations sue Denver over city’s COVID vaccine mandate

Seven Colorado-based construction trade unions sued the city of Denver on Thursday over the city’s vaccine mandate.

The lawsuit seeks to block the vaccine mandate for private construction contractors who work with the city, arguing that construction companies should not be required to impose the city’s mandate on their workers, that the mandate rests on contractors. does not apply and the mandate is unconstitutional, among other arguments.

“Plaintiffs support vaccination and have made significant efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19,” the lawsuit reads. “However, Denver cannot legally or practically employ the private sector to enforce the order for this.”

The lawsuit also names Robert McDonald, executive director of the city’s health department, and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock as defendants. Trade unions following the action claim the city’s vaccine mandate will exhaust the contractor workforce, resulting in delays in city projects and higher construction costs. The lawsuit notes that the construction industry employs many people of color who may be “vaccinated because of their mistrust of the government.”

“A contractor reports that approximately 68% of its construction workforce and 23% of professional workforce are unaffiliated as of this filing,” the lawsuit states.

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Trade organizations are seeking a judge’s order to set aside the order as it applies to contractors.

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