The largest teacher’s union of New York City has finalized their efforts with success!
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They managed to win the battle against the COVID 19 vaccine mandate, to the point where teachers and other educators will stay employed, even if they suffer from certain medical conditions and don’t want to comply.
According to the report published by The Epoch times,
“An arbitrator ruled late Friday that teachers with certain documented medical afflictions must be offered assignments outside of classrooms and be kept on the city’s payroll.
Other educators who don’t want a COVID-19 vaccine must be offered unpaid leave that keeps in place their health coverage or a severance package.
City officials announced last month that all 148,000 Department of Education employees would have to get a COVID-19 vaccine, with limited exemptions.
The city planned to remove people who were granted an exemption from the payroll, infuriating the United Federation of Teachers (UFT), the city’s largest teacher’s union.
“That was it for us,” Michael Mulgrew, the union’s president, stated.
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That prompted pushback, which ultimately resulted in the arbitration decision, even after New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio seemed to publicly reverse the stance in a press conference on Wednesday.
De Blasio said that few cases of medical or religious exemptions being granted are expected, “but they will be honored” if approved.
“Those folks will continue to work for us in some capacity, in some location. We got to work that through,” he added, referring to the arbitration.
Mulgrew said the pushback from the union resulted in the reversal.
“After our demand for independent arbitration, the city-backed off its initial position that all unvaccinated personnel to be removed from the payroll, and will offer out-of-classroom work for those with certified medical or other conditions,” he said in a statement after the arbitrator’s decision was released.
Educators with a documented “contraindication,” as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), for the vaccines are now able to refuse to comply with the mandate, and will be assigned to work outside of the classroom.”
The vaccine mandate takes effect on Sept. 27.
Over 80 percent of the city’s teachers have already been vaccinated, according to the UFT. Schools Chancellor Meisha Porter pegged the number as 72 percent on Wednesday.