President Anthony Wells' Statement on Mayor DeBlasio’s Vaccine Mandate
We are outraged by the mayor’s mandatory vaccination policy and incentive program. Once again, he has failed to meet with and negotiate with the unions. There are unresolved issues such as the need for reasonable accommodations and religious exceptions. The use of $500 incentive plan alongside a vaccine mandate is confusing and creates other issues. We will continue to advocate that any policy must be negotiated. We are not in favor of mandatory vaccinations, although we encourage members to get vaccinated.