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Union leaders challenge de Blasio’s vaccine mandate for DOE staffers in court
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Union leaders representing 350,000 city workers plan to file a legal action to stop Mayor Bill de Blasio from implementing a vaccine mandate for Department of Education employees without their input.
"Many of the unions support and urge their members to be vaccinated. However, the city is required to collectively bargain the steps to be taken for implementing this policy," said Harry Nespoli, chair of the Municipal Labor Committee.
His group is filing an unfair labor practices complaint over the new directive.
"Our members’ bargaining rights in this situation must be preserved. We are willing to discuss the steps for implementation as well as situations where accommodations would be appropriate," Nespoli said in the statement released just a few hours after de Blasio announced the new policy.