The Boston firefighters union is telling members today that the city has given employees yet another week to show proof they've gotten at least one Covid-19 shot and will not start putting the unvaccinated on leave until at least Jan. 31.
Mayor Wu had initially announced a Jan. 15 deadline for city workers to show proof of vaccination, but then the Office of Labor Relations postponed that until tomorrow as the city continued to bargain with firefighter and police unions over the issue. In e-mail to members, Local 718 leadership wrote today:
Between January 23, 2022 and January 31, 2022, no employee will be disciplined nor placed on administrative leave and instead will be allowed an additional week to get into compliance.
In a ruling released Jan. 14, a Suffolk Superior Court judge cited public health and refused to order the city to let the unvaccinated stay on their posts. In his ruling, the judge said the firefighters and two police unions had a point that the city should not have simply abrogated agreements signed by then acting Mayor Janey to let workers show negative weekly Covid-19 tests in lieu of shots, but that they had not fully exhausted their administrative appeals process and that the city had proved that the rapid spread of the omicron variant made the agreement useless as a tool to halting the virus.