Federal Judge Rules Against Chicago Mayor in Vaccination Fiasco – Watch
A federal judge has handed a major victory to city of Chicago employees who refused to get the COVID-19 vaccine. In a ruling issued on Monday, U.S. District Judge Matthew Kennelly blocked the city from firing or disciplining employees who have not been vaccinated.
The Chicago Tribune wrote: “In a 78-page decision in combined cases brought by the Coalition of Unionized Public Employees and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 31, Administrative Law Judge Anna Hamburg-Gal found that although the city had the right to implement a vaccine requirement for its employees, it was obligated to negotiate with the union over the effects of that policy.
The judge ordered the city to reinstate the affected employees, with their personnel records expunged, and to compensate workers for any lost pay or benefits that resulted, with 7% interest. The unions should be allowed to negotiate to keep any parts of the policy they like, the judge said.”
The ruling is a major setback for the city, which had threatened to fire more than 400 employees who had not complied with its vaccine mandate. The city had argued that the mandate was necessary to protect public health, but Kennelly found that the city had not presented enough evidence to support its claim.
The ruling is a victory for individual liberty and for the right of workers to make their own medical decisions. It is also a sign that the tide is turning against vaccine mandates. As more and more people refuse to get vaccinated, it is becoming clear that these mandates are not only ineffective, but they are also counterproductive.
The city of Chicago is not the only one that has been forced to back down on its vaccine mandate. In recent weeks, judges have blocked vaccine mandates in New York City, Los Angeles, and other cities. These rulings are a sign that the courts are beginning to recognize the overreach of government power.
“[The] ruling was an erroneous decision that does not follow the law, facts nor importantly the science,” Lightfoot spokesman Cesar Rodriguez said in a statement.
The city has 30 days to file an appeal with the Labor Board, which means the deadline comes days after Mayor-elect Brandon Johnson will have been sworn in.
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