Feb. 15, 2022
New York Metropolis fired 1,430 metropolis employees for failing to adjust to the town authorities’s vaccine mandate.
Mayor Eric Adams stated termination notices had been despatched Friday to the employees, most of whom had been on unpaid go away for months, The New York Times reported. Of the fired staff, about 900 labored for the town Division of Training, 100 for the town Housing Authority, and 36 with the police division.
Adams stated that about 95% of the town’s 370,000 employees bought at the least one dose of vaccine by the Friday deadline, up from 84% when then-Mayor Invoice de Blasio introduced the mandate final October, The Occasions stated. The newspaper reported that about 9,000 different employees are nonetheless unvaccinated and searching for exemptions.
“Our purpose was all the time to vaccinate, not terminate, and metropolis employees stepped up and met the purpose positioned earlier than them,” Adams stated in a press release issued Monday.
The employees had confronted a Friday deadline to obtain a primary dose of vaccine except they had been newly employed. New hires had been alleged to have gotten two photographs of a two-dose vaccine by Friday or one shot of a one-dose vaccine. Solely two new hires had been among the many group receiving termination notices.
The variety of staff going through termination shrank in current days. Earlier than Friday, the vaccine deadline, about 4,000 employees nonetheless wanted to get vaccinated, The Occasions stated.
Metropolis worker unions complained concerning the terminations.
“Employees mustn’t get fired. There are lots of people who don’t imagine in placing these things of their our bodies,” Harry Nespoli, president of the Uniformed Sanitationmen’s Affiliation, and head of the Municipal Labor Council, advised The New York Post.
The Occasions stated the motion was in all probability the biggest mass termination of municipal staff due to a COVID vaccine mandate.