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Vaccination mandate in New York: the “sickout” of the FDNY forces the closure of several fire stations

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Vaccination mandate in New York: the “sickout” of the FDNY forces the closure of several fire stations

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Several New York City fire departments were reportedly out of service on Friday because large numbers of firefighters were sick.

The calls were potentially related to firefighters protesting the city’s vaccination mandate for municipal workers that went into effect on Friday. At least 10 businesses had to be closed due to understaffing, WABC-TV in New York.

The city’s fire marshal, Daniel Nigro, called the situation “unacceptable”.

“Excessive sick leave from a group of our firefighters because of their anger at the vaccination mandate for all city employees is unacceptable, contrary to their oaths to serve, and may endanger the lives of New- Yorker, ”he said in a statement. “Despite these actions by some, the Department will continue to respond to all appeals for help that come our way.”

The problem could continue on Monday as unvaccinated workers will be put on leave, according to FOX 5 in New York.

Union denials

But the unions, the Uniformed Firefighters Association and the Uniformed Fire Officers Association, denied having sanctioned a “work stoppage”.

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UFOA President Jim McCarthy said the union “does not tolerate any labor action, and we do not inform anyone to do a labor action.”

UFA President Andrew Ansbro said the department gives employees a few days off to recover from side effects after their vaccinations.

Protesters gathered outside Gracie Mansion, the mayor’s residence, Thursday morning to protest Mayor Bill de Blasio’s vaccination mandate. The mandate came into effect on Friday.
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“As we’ve said from the start, the New York City department is already in a staffing crisis,” Ansbro said at a press conference, FOX 5 reported. “Let the mayor turn around and to say we can run this department with 25-35% fewer members is ignoring the fact that we can’t even keep the fire stations open today. New York City will experience a crisis Monday morning. “

Businesses forced to close were in Staten Island, Brooklyn, Manhattan and the Bronx, freelance reporter says Ginger Adams Otis.

6 suspensions

Six FDNY workers were also suspended on Friday for allegedly driving a fire truck to State Senator Zellnor Myrie’s office and protesting the warrant, claiming the city had “blood on its hands,” according to FOX 5.

Protesters also reportedly said they would not react to a fire if it happened at Myrie’s home, according to WNBC-TV in New York City.

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Myrie spoke out against the protest, according to WABC.

“It’s incredibly disturbing that those charged with protecting us are on duty, protesting a vaccination mandate that has nothing to do with the competence of a state elected official over my staff, they are shaken. are shaken by it, “he said. “And frankly, I’m upset we’re even having this conversation.”

Protesters also gathered outside Gracie Mansion, the mayor’s residence, on Thursday morning to protest Mayor Bill de Blasio’s tenure.

As of Friday, 77% of FDNY employees were vaccinated, according to WABC.


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