Mayor Michelle Wu is allegedly implementing a new COVID-19 vaccination policy for all City of Boston employees, according to a leaked memo from Boston Firefighters Local 718 that is dated December 20, 2021.
In August, Acting Mayor Kim Janey announced the City of Boston’s policy regarding vaccinations for all 18,000 city employees. The policy requires employees to report their COVID-19 vaccination status or submit to weekly testing.
According to the leaked Local 718 memo obtained by Live Boston, Mayor Wu is eliminating the weekly testing option, which was bargained and agreed upon with the unions, for employees who have elected not to be vaccinated. The new policy will be a vaccination mandate that requires all city employees to receive two COVID-19 shots or face termination. Mayor Wu is also going to require a Vaccination Passport to enter any and all City of Boston buildings.
This new policy will become effective on January 15, 2022. Employees will be required to show proof of their first vaccination by that date. Proof of their second vaccination will be required by March 15, 2022.
“We have notified our attorney of this policy change and we are in discussions with our brothers and sisters from the other city unions,” said Local 718 President John Soares in the memo. “As you know, this is a complex issue and it has raised much controversy not only in Boston but across the nation.”
Soares went on to say Local 718 is reviewing it’s legal options and will be meeting with the city’s office of labor relations. Several of the unions representing city employees have reached signed agreements with the city conceding to alternative options, such as wearing masks and submitting to testing. However, Mayor Wu seems to be walking back on these bargained upon agreements. It’s unclear if she legally can do so at this time.
“It is imperative that we remain in solidarity while we navigate this proposed policy change,” Soares added. “Our position on this issue remains the same; be respectful of our members’ opinions but be mindful of what legal remedies exist to reach a fair resolution.”
The Boston Police Detectives Benevolent Society and the Boston Police Superior Officers Federation declined comment. Live Boston has reached out to the Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association and Mayor Wu’s office for comment. We have not yet heard back.