On Monday, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot accused members of the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) of trying to “induce an insurrection” for protesting the vaccine mandate that went into effect last Friday.
“The city’s vaccine mandate will place officers who do not submit proof of vaccination by the deadline on a ‘no pay’ status. The police union is preparing a lawsuit against the city of Chicago,” The Washington Examiner reported on October 13.
Last week, Chicago FOP President John Catanzara issued a video in which he stated, “Do not fill out the portal information. … I’ve made my status very clear as far as the vaccine, but I do not believe the city has the authority to mandate that to anybody — let alone that information about your medical history.” He continued, “I can guarantee you that no-pay status will not last more than 30 days. There’s no way they’re going to be able to sustain a police department workforce at 50% capacity or less for more than seven days without something budging.”
A reporter asked Lightfoot on Monday, “The big question is why legal action, but can I also put it this way, there is a different tone from CPS [Chicago Public Schools], from Pedro Martinez; he was asked what’s going to happen to those who don’t have their vaccines, and he said the other day, ‘We’re going to work with them. We’re going to talk to them. We’re going to make sure, try to understand what’s going on.’ So why a different tone for CPS than the police?”
“Well, I don’t think there is a different tone for one versus the other,” Lightfoot answered. “CEO Martinez has indicated that, and again, in agreement with the union, so that is one circumstantial difference, that every adult in the system has to be vaccinated. And that agreement was reached months ago and they’ve been working very hard to execute on that agreement reached with all the collective bargaining agencies that employ folks at CPS. So it’s a very different set of circumstances and I think he believes it’s going to be very small group that remains either unvaccinated or not signing up. And so he understands though that accountability is important, as do we.”
“You asked the question of why the lawsuit,” she continued. “Because we believe that the FOP leadership is trying to foment an illegal work stoppage, a strike. Pure and simple. We’ve laid that out
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