Number of NYC workers fired over Covid jab mandate revealed — Analysis
For failing to conform with the measures, hundreds of New York City workers have been fired.
More than 1,400 municipal workers in New York City have been let go from their jobs for failing to comply with a Covid-19 vaccine mandate, the mayor’s office has told the Associated Press. The requirement, introduced by the city’s last mayor, Bill de Blasio, had a Friday deadline.
“Our goal was always to vaccinate, not terminate, and city workers stepped up and met the goal placed before them,”Eric Adams, current NYC Mayor, said Monday in a statement.
Of the 1,430 employees fired, 64% worked for the city’s education department, according to the AP. Multiple lawsuits by Department of Education employees, and the United Federation of Teachers against this mandate were unsuccessful in court.
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The firings also affected other departments, including the New York City Housing Authority (which lost more than 100 workers), the Department of Corrections (75 staff) and the Department of Sanitation (40% staff). Because most of these workers are already on leave, officials from the city say they won’t experience major service disruptions for residents.
Adams stated that only few employees were dismissed for failing to provide proof of second Covid vaccination dose. “I’m grateful to all the city workers who continue to serve New Yorkers and ‘Get Stuff Done’ for the greatest city in the world,”According to the mayor.
New York City is home to some of the most stringent Covid vaccination rules in America. City workers are required to get the vaccines. Private employees and customers of restaurants, gyms, or other businesses must also have proof that they were vaccinated. A federal mandate for private employees from President Joe Biden’s administration ultimately failed after numerous court challenges and protests.
New York City’s 1,430 municipal workers are less than 1 percent of the 370,000-strong workforce.