The Los Angeles County sheriff said Thursday that he would not force his employees to get the COVID vaccine. Sheriff Alex Villanueva said he can’t risk having to fire them, because the department is already “barebones.”
“I’m not forcing anyone,” Villanueva said in a Facebook Live. “The issue has become so politicized, there are entire groups of employees that are willing to be fired and laid off for having to get vaccinated.”
“I don’t want to be in a position to lose 5%, 10% of my workforce overnight on a vaccine mandate,” he added.
CHICAGO (AP) — The head of the Chicago police officers union has called on its members to defy the city’s requirement to report their COVID-19 vaccination status by Friday or be placed on unpaid leave.
In the video posted online Tuesday and first reported by the Chicago Sun-Times, Fraternal Order of Police President John Catanzara vowed to take Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s administration to court if it tries to enforce the mandate, which requires city workers to report their vaccine status by the end of the work week. After Friday, unvaccinated workers who won’t submit to semiweekly coronavirus testing will be placed on unpaid leave.
Catanzara suggested that if the city does enforce its requirement and many union members refuse to comply with it, “It’s safe to say that the city of Chicago will have a police force at 50% or less for this weekend coming up.”