The United Teachers Federation (UFT) refused to fully comply with New York City’s vaccine regulations for public school teachers and staff.
UFT President Michael Mulgrew stated that the City Hall has asserted that unvaccinated staff will be removed from the payroll without exception, including those who have received religious and medical exemptions.
“However, the city announced in our negotiations that it intends to deny medical and religious exemptions to COVID-19 vaccination for Department of Education (DOE) staff,” Margru said in a statement to UFT members.
The union will try to resolve the deadlock with other labor groups.
“The proposed policy stipulates that employees with medical problems can stay on the payroll until the end of sick leave and then take unpaid leave, while employees with religious objections will take unpaid leave immediately. In both cases, People on vacation will not only lose their wages, they will also lose their health insurance,” he said.
He further pointed out that the “no exception rule” of all members of the Ministry of Education violated federal and state laws and their contracts.
UFT has announced that the negotiations are deadlocked, and at the same time, the City Labor Committee (MLC) has recommended to its general members that MLC take legal action to challenge the City Department of Health’s power to enforce injections.
“As the first day of school approaches, we are just as frustrated with the mayor’s last-minute announcement and late plans. We assure you that we are working hard to provide you with as much information as possible about the upcoming school year as soon as possible. Many answers. We will notify you via email of the latest developments and updates on security, teaching plans, etc.,” Mulgrew said.
The chairman of the Trusteeship Council, Robert Troeller, said he was worried that the city had announced the request without bargaining. He said that he believed that about 60% of the 850 members of the International Union of Operations Engineers Local 891 had at least the first shot, but some others “are opposed to this.”
Approximately 70% of adults in the city received at least one dose of the vaccine.
Some other unions are in favor of mandatory vaccinations for all faculty, staff and teachers.
“The health and safety of New York City’s children and the protection of our employees are at the core of the vaccine mission,” said the press secretary of the New York City Department of Energy. New York Post“We will continue to negotiate with UFT to reach a successful agreement because it is best for our school community.”
When the new requirements came out, federal regulators fully approved Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, which is one of three vaccines available in the United States. All have been authorized for emergency use, but officials hope that full approval will increase public confidence in the vaccine.
The Epoch Times contacted the city hall for comments.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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