October 28, 2021. 11 am. NYC- outside Gracie Mansion.
On Nov 1st Mayor De Blasio will send city workers home. Fire them if not vaxxed. Creating a manufactured crisis. City workers who refuse to begin their vaccine series will be terminated ...
Fire and EMS unions have fought the mandate since its inception, claiming the weekly COVID tests for unvaccinated employees were keeping everyone safe. The Mayor should have hammered out a vaccination compromise with union leaders instead of threatening to take away workers’ pay, they said. [NY Daily News]
NY Post: FDNY firehouses shuttered
The FDNY’s vaccination rate was at 72 percent at the end of Friday. the city’s deadline for workers to get at least one shot of the Covid vaccine. The mandate is expected to be enforced beginning Monday. The NYPD’s number stood at 84 percent vaccinated.
A memo sent Friday to the members of the Uniformed Fire Officers Association said it was “still in negotiations” with the Office of Labor Relations “for an extension to the deadline as well as alternate methods of implementation to maintain the safety of the public and choice for our membership.”
The memo, which was seen by The Post, advised all members, whether vaccinated or not, to report for duty when scheduled and to make notations in the fire company’s journal about why they were asked to leave. De Blasio has held firm, saying Thursday the city would not extend the deadline.
A high number of city emergency medical technicians and paramedics called in sick Saturday suffering side effects from their first COVID-19 vaccine shot, leaving the city down 40 ambulances, FDNY officials said. A majority of the ambulances out of service were in the Bronx, sources said. [NY Daily News]
What follows are 6 short videos excerpted from an hour long protest outside Gracie Mansion.
Part 1 -excerpted from an hour long protest. First speaker, stressed accepting natural immunity. Why aren't they recognized. "We're not anti-vax we're pro-choice. We give our bodies and our souls to this job" (FDNY) Also, not political. not Left/Right. (He was annoyed with political signs.) Hold The Line!
Part 2 ."We took an oath. We will honor that oath. we will be there to work on Nov. 1st. We're not sick. We will be there to work on Nov. 1st.We were told exemptions for first responders. We were keeping fire houses open. Yet our careers are in jeopardy. 9 days to make 'choice'. Over 70% FDNY are vaxxed. Where's the science!"
Part 3. "This is a manufactured crisis. We will have to close down fire houses. Sanitation workers, EMTs sent home. Police. If the mayor sends them home this whole system will collapse. NEGOTIATE with your workers. Respect them. WHY are they doing this. HOLD THE LINE."
Part 4. " We were there for NYC. The mayor says he's a friend of labor, but he has turned his back on labor/city workers.We built this country. These sky scrapers. All we ask is to be treated with dignity and respect. The mayor took an oath to protect the citizens of this city. He turned his back on us. Mr. Mayor: STAND DOWN."
Part 5. A woman spoke, a powerful speaker, I think her name is Jackie. "We always showed up to work. We want to work. So I ask this question: If the weekly testing was working. Why are YOU , Mayor de Blasio eliminating it! We are not anti-vax. We are pro-choice. we should be able to make a personal medical decision. Not to be forced. No mandates. THIS is how to say thank you, mr. mayor, to the essential workers who take care of the citizens of New York."
Part 6 - woman speaker continues. "The government of the United States cannot over ride our Constitutional rights. Our Health Care rights. Let me clear, we are not anti- vax. We are PRO choice. You are not alone. WE stand with you and your families. Hold The LINE."
NY Post: de Blasio won't budge . Creating a manufactured crisis. On Nov 1st Mayor de Blasio will send city workers home. Fire them if not vaxxed. It's an OUTRAGE!
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