The heads of town’s two firefighters’ unions demanded Saturday that Mayor Eric Adams carry the COVID-19 mandate for his or her members.
Adams on Thursday revoked the vaccine requirement for athletes and performers, resulting in an outcry from metropolis staff, a few of whom misplaced their jobs moderately than get jabbed and others who’re nonetheless ready to listen to about exemptions.
Lt. James McCarthy, president of the FDNY-Fireplace Officers Affiliation, stated he applauded the mayor’s transfer to carry the restriction for the gamers and performers coming to the Large Apple to work.
“We insist that it’s prolonged to the folks that work in New York Metropolis for New York Metropolis,” McCarthy stated. “When the levels went darkish and the video games ended two years in the past, we nonetheless got here to work.”
FDNY-Firefighters Affiliation President Andrew Ansbro stated each unions are calling on the mayor to take a seat down with them.
“In the event you’re going to take away the vaccine mandate for sure folks within the metropolis, it’s essential to take away it for everyone within the metropolis,” Ansbro stated.
Adams has argued that permitting unvaccinated athletes to play within the metropolis, together with Nets star Kyrie Irving, was essential to the Large Apple’s monetary comeback.
Ansbro stated there was additionally a price to firing metropolis staff and having to interchange them.
Between 400 and 500 uniformed firefighters, and greater than 120 within the officers’ union, are unvaccinated and ready to listen to about exemptions or lodging that might permit them to maintain working, in line with the unions.
About 1,400 metropolis staff have been fired for refusing to adjust to the mandate.
The union heads stated they have been exploring authorized choices.
When saying the break for the athletes and performers, Adam stated he was not considering rehiring the terminated metropolis staff. He has since stated he was executed speaking about vaccines.
When requested Saturday concerning the vaccine requirement nonetheless being in place for first responders, he stated, “Hear I’ve talked about that a number of instances….I’m executed with that.”
“Have a look at my earlier feedback and perceive my positions. They’re very clear. I’m not going to maintain speaking about that time and again. I’ve a metropolis to run,” Adams stated.