Los Angeles, CA – The L.A. City Council voted on Wednesday to make Covid-19 vaccinations a condition of employment for city workers. The ordinance goes into effect on October 20 and the only way people can avoid getting the vaccine is if they show proof of medical or religious exemptions.
The city council passed the ordinance unanimously by a vote of 13-0. Two council members were not present for the vote.
Multiple employee unions have expressed concerns over the ordinance. Currently it is not clear if city workers will be terminated if they do not get the vaccine. There will be negotiations underway from multiple unions. Initially last month Mayor Eric Garcia had Council President Nury Martinez had proposed that city workers either get vaccinated or get weekly Covid-19 test, but now it appears the only option is the vaccine.
Leadership from the police union are actively trying to work with the city council and the mayor regarding the ordinance.
“We have many questions and concerns as to how this ordinance will impact our members and we are working to ensure our members are treated fairly and that the city follows the confines of our MOU as well as local, state, and federal laws,” – L.A. Police Union
As of July 21 a total of 47 percent of the police force was fully vaccinated and 52 percent had received their first shot. Police Union Representatives want to know who will be reviewing the exemption request, how they will be evaluated and how long would the process take.
Councilman Paul Krekorian said they will work with labor unions to figure out how they will implement the new ordinance, however he had some strong words to say to any city worker who chose not to get vaccinated.
“You are either going to be vaccinated, if you don’t have an exemption, or you will not going to be able to continue to be employed by this city.” – Paul Krekorian
The L.A. City Council is also considering mandating individuals be vaccinated in order to participate in indoor activities such as dining in restaurants, going to the movies, salons, gyms, etc. While Democrats firmly believe in abortion and the concept of my body my choice, it appears when it comes to the Covid-19 vaccine that motto does not apply. When it comes to the Covid-19 vaccine the motto is your body my choice.
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This piece was written by Zach Heilman on August 20, 2021. It originally appeared in ThinBlueLineTV.com and is used by permission.
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