Chicago Mayor Takes Police Union Head To Court Over Vaccines

Chicago has dropped its lawsuit against the city's largest police union over its COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

The city sued the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Lodge 7 in October, accusing its president, John Catanzara, of encouraging an "illegal work stoppage or strike."

Catanzara had encouraged officers to not comply with a mandate that required city employees to report their vaccination status by October 15 or be put on "no-pay status". The union countered with its own lawsuit against the city in a bid to suspend the policy.

In a statement on Wednesday, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she had directed officials to dismiss the lawsuit against the union without prejudice, saying it was unnecessary as more officers have complied.

"The past few weeks have shown what I have said from the beginning to be true: that our brave police officers are smarter than their FOP leadership, and care more about their city, their fellow Chicagoans, and upholding their sworn oath to protect and serve, than they do Catanzara's frivolous demands to stop working," she said.

Lori Lightfoot speaks at ceremony
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot speaks at a Chicago Police Department promotion and graduation ceremony on October 20, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois. Chicago has dropped its lawsuit against the city's largest police union over its COVID-19 vaccine mandate. Scott Olson/Getty Images for Women's March Inc

However, Lightfoot pledged to take the matter back to court if the union or Catanzara "take any further action toward encouraging an illegal work stoppage or strike."

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Source : https://www.newsweek.com/chicago-drops-lawsuit-police-union-vaccine-mandate-lori-lightfoot-1655274

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Chicago Drops Lawsuit Against Police Union Over Vaccine Mandate

Source:Newsweek

Chicago Drops Lawsuit Against Police Union Over Vaccine Mandate