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The one thing that the COVID-19 outbreak has taught us is that the best way to get people willing to take an unproven vaccine is to threaten to take away their livelihood and freedom if they do not.
It's job or jab, and we've been reporting on how we ended up here for months now: "WANT TO KEEP YOUR JOB? GET THE JAB," "NO JAB = NO JOB" (23 Feb 2021), "NEW TREND: 'JAB HECTORING'" (24 Aug 2021), "HONG KONG: NO JAB, NO JOB, NO FREEDOM" (4 May 2021), "GOLDMAN SACHS IN CONTROL: GET YOUR JAB" (15 Jun 2021).
Unions that represent New York City employees promised a legal fight after Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that all municipal workers must roll up their sleeves to take the COVID-19 vaccine or face losing their jobs.
The Wall Street Journal reported that union leaders say thousands of city workers may quit their job over the mandate.
“You’ll have police officers walking off-- firefighters, EMTs and paramedics walking off. Who's going to respond to these calls?” Oren Barzilay, the head of a union that represents paramedics, asked the paper. “We are in for dark days in our city, and it’s crazy.”
The paper pointed out that education and health care employees for the city have already been forced to take the inoculation to keep their jobs. The city’s school system has 167,000 employees, and 96 percent have complied.
Employees who take the shot by 29 October will also get a $500 injection from the city in their paycheck to sweeten the deal. About 70 percent of the police department have already been fully vaccinated. Fox News pointed out that more than 60 NYPD employees have died of COVID-19.
“My job as your mayor is to keep this city safe, keep this city healthy. And vaccination is the way,” de Blasio said.
Pat Lynch, the president of the Police Benevolent Association, promised a lawsuit to “protect our members’ rights.”
"From the beginning of the de Blasio administration's haphazard vaccine rollout, we have 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," he said in a statement.
The police and fire commissioner have both come out in support of the vaccine mandate.
TREND FORECAST: Well over ten thousand New York City emergency workers including firemen, sanitation workers, Emergency Medical Service employees and the police force took to the streets yesterday, blocking roads... demanding the No Vax, No Job mandates be lifted.
It is estimated that some 160,000 city employees have refused to get the shot. If they don’t get one jab by this Friday, the mayor decreed they would be put on unpaid leave.
Not only will the loss of employees exacerbate major staffing shortages that currently exist, it will further diminish retail, hospitality, restaurant sales while also building the foundation for new anti-vax, anti-establishment political movements that will bring together once disparate sectors of society under the umbrella of Freedom.
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