Thursday, December 2, 2021

Oregon police and firefighters sued the governor for COVID-19 vaccine authorization

The Oregon Police and Firefighters Union has sued Governor Kate Brown for authorizing the COVID-19 vaccine for state employees.

The plaintiffs-including the Oregon Police Brotherhood and the Kingsley Firefighters Association-debated in a lawsuit filed in Jefferson County Court on Friday (pdf) Brown’s executive order violated many laws and wanted to stop them.

“The plaintiff seeks an order declaring that Executive Order No. 21-29 cannot be enforced because it conflicts with the laws of Oregon, will cause the plaintiff to be erroneously discharged from the common law, and conflict with the Oregon Constitution’s guarantee of freedom of speech , And conflicts with the U.S. Constitution to guarantee equal protection, free exercise, and due process,” the complaint stated.

Brown issued an executive order (pdf) Mandatory vaccinations for all administrative staff on August 13th. Brown said in the order that, so far, about 70% of the state’s executive branch employees have voluntarily vaccinated, partly because of the state’s efforts to organize on-site vaccine clinics and financial incentives.

Brown cited the increase in the COVID-19 infection rate and pointed out that private and public employers across the United States have enforced it, and it is time to take more stringent measures in Oregon.

“As the Delta variant rages in Oregon, the state’s ability to fully restore face-to-face work continues to be hampered by the risk of COVID-19, has implemented a series of incentives aimed at achieving voluntary compliance, and obtained full FDA approval. Get vaccinated against COVID-19 within the week, and now is the time for any remaining state employees and those working with them in the state government to get vaccinated,” she wrote in the order.

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Ten days after Brown issued the order, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted full regulatory approval for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.

The order requires Oregon workers to provide proof of vaccination before October 18 or face consequences that may include dismissal.

The plaintiffs argued in the complaint that the execution of the order would result in an erroneous termination, and they have asked the court to declare it illegal and prevent its execution.

“Individual plaintiffs are employees of the administration… They want to control their own medical care and are forced to choose between their rights, privileges and freedom as citizens on the one hand and their employment, occupation and financial futures on the other. “The complaint said.

Brown’s spokesperson Liz Merah defended the governor’s order in a statement to the Associated Press.

“Given the seriousness of the situation, employer vaccine requirements have become an important tool, and the state government has also played a role. Protecting national workers, workplaces and facilities, and the public who use national services is essential,” she told the media.

The lawsuit was filed at a time when the state of Oregon was facing a sharp rise in the COVID-19 infection rate in recent weeks. There were an average of 2,222 cases per day for 7 days on September 2 and less than 500 cases in mid-July. according to State health authorities.

Tom Ozimek has a broad background in journalism, deposit insurance, marketing and communications, and adult education. The best writing advice he has ever heard comes from Roy Peter Clark: “hit the target” and “keep the best for the end.”

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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