The State Police Association of Massachusetts reports supervisors have told six troopers and six sergeants they are now on the verge of losing their jobs for refusing to get vaccinated against Covid-19:
Previously these public servants had requested exemptions of either medical or religious reasons, instead of providing reasonable alternatives our state's leadership has chosen to throw our dedicated member’s years of service and sacrifice to the Commonwealth out the window.
If true - last month the union said "dozens" of troopers had vowed to quit over the issue - it comes five days after the state's deadline for employees to show proof of vaccination against the virus.
In addition to the medical and religious-exemption issue, SPAM has argued the state is violating their collective-bargaining rights in ordering what the union says is a change in working conditions without giving up something in exchange.
A state judge, backed by the Supreme Judicial Court, rejected that argument, pointing to public-health concerns. A federal judge rejected similar arguments from state prison guards, although the guards union is appealing that ruling.