In al latest turn of events, New York City fired more than one thousand workers. The workers failed to comply with the city’s coronavirus vaccine mandate.
The mayor’s office came up with the announcement of firing more than 1,430 workers. The terminated workers represent less than 1% of city’s workforce. New York city’s total workforce stands of 370,000. The terminations are far lesser than the expected number. Friday was the deadline for the workers to get the vaccine shots. The city sent notices to more than 4,000 workers in late January for providing confirmation of their vaccination status. All employees must receive at least one vaccine shot prior to Friday’s deadline.
3,000 Workers on Unpaid Leaves
3,000 workers were already on leave without pay after they missed the initial vaccine deadline. The New York administration imposed a mandate for all city’s workers to receive vaccination shots. Mayor Eric Adams’ office said hundreds of workers produced proof of their vaccines or got the shots after receiving notification of their termination. “City workers served on the front lines during the pandemic, and by getting vaccinated, they are, once again, showing how they are willing to do the right thing to protect themselves and all New Yorkers. Our goal was always to vaccinate, not terminate, and city workers stepped up and met the goal placed before them”. Mayor Adams said in his statement.
Education Department Employees are Highly Affected
64 percent of the fired workers belong to city’s education department. The United Federation of Teachers, the public school teachers’ union confirmed that around 700 teachers were given notice about their termination. The union joined with others to sue the firings, but a judge ruled in favor of the city on Thursday. The U.S. Supreme Court also dismissed an appeal from a group of Department of Education employees on Friday.
New York was the epicenter of the coronavirus and was badly affected by the virus. Hence, they came up with a strict mandate requiring all city worker to provide vaccination proof. Moreover, Customers of restaurants, gym and entertainment venues also have to show proof of vaccine to enter.
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