New York City has a situation on its hands.
It’s proof people in even one of the bluest states in the US are fed up with COVID-19 hysteria.
And it’s shaping up to become a dangerous and, most likely, smelly situation.
A total of 26,000 NYC employees missed the vaccination deadline on Friday, October 29 – and that’s with a $500 cash incentive for anyone who raced to get the shot in time to meet the deadline.
That number includes a stunning 23% of fire and sanitation workers.
The police department had 16% of its employees miss the deadline.
They were all scheduled to go on unpaid leave as of Monday.
While department bosses aren’t admitting that they’re losing ground, the truth is those workers know exactly how essential they are – and apparently have the guts to stand up to bureaucratic bullies.
By Monday evening, CBS New York reported only 9,000 city employees were put on unpaid leave.
About 12,000 employees have applied for medical or religious exemptions and while they wait to find out if their exemptions will be approved they are continuing to work while undergoing regular testing.
While a FDNY Commissioner said the mandate won’t make response times worse, but that’s a typical nonsense answer designed to play down what’s really going on.
A CBS reporter found that several fire stations that typically send up to three trucks on fire calls are now down a unit.
So, yes, the crews can scramble to show up as fast as ever, but they’re going to be one-half to one-third as effective.
And it’s likely morale is low with many unhappy about the whole situation according to CBS New York:
“Uniformed Firefighter Association President Andrew Ansbro said some of the city’s bravest who are vaccinated didn’t necessarily do so by choice.
‘This is not a way to run a public service – a life-saving public service – in such a haphazard way,” he said. “The ones that are there are going to do their best to fulfill their oaths and live up to what they promised the city of New York. Unfortunately, they’re put in this position by mayoral mandate.’”
The Police Benevolent Association (PBA) filed a lawsuit against socialist NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio to keep him from enforcing the mandate.
A statement issued by the PBA makes it clear the fight is far from over.
“From the beginning of the de Blasio administration‘s haphazard vaccine rollout, we fought to make the vaccine available to every member who chooses it, while also protecting their right to make that personal medical decision in consultation with their own doctor. Now that the city has moved to unilaterally impose a mandate, we will proceed with legal action to protect our members’ rights.”
In fact, the whole situation has to be making those in the White House nervous.
With mounting lawsuits from unions in place, this whole situation is looking a lot less like a political argument and increasingly like a huge overreach of power that is giving people in both parties a common enemy.
While Biden’s administration wants to cast vaccine mandates as a common-sense, slightly Left of center approach, it’s clear a passionate minority is committed to fighting for freedom to make their own health decisions and keep their private business to themselves.
Stay tuned to Right News Wire for any updates to this ongoing story.