Chicago’s police union president has urged officers to not report their vaccination status to the city, despite Lori Lightfoot’s mandate that all city employees must do so by Friday.
Chicago Fraternal Order of Police President John Catanzara posted a video earlier this week urging officers in the city to not enter any information into their online vaccine portal.
Catanzara advised that the portal information should not be filled out. “I’ve made my position clear about the vaccine. But I don’t believe that the city has the authority or the right to require that anyone get it.
Catanzara stated that he wasn’t calling for “job actions” or a strike. Last week, however, Catanzara clarified that he was not calling for “job action” or a strike. Sun-TimesHe stated that he believed that up to 50% of the force opposed the mandate.
Lightfoot warned that city employees who fail to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 before Oct. 15 would be placed on “no-pay”.
City policymakers, including Matt O’Shea (alderman) and Marty Quinn (alderman), have expressed concern about the FOP’s threat. According to WLS-TVThe pair wrote to Lightfoot to express concern that large numbers of officers would not comply and that it could put their communities “in serious danger.”
Lightfoot has not yet indicated whether she intends to give a vaccine exemption to law enforcers.
Catanzara stated in a message earlier this week, that he plans to file a lawsuit for the union’s class-action status. However, nothing was filed as of Thursday.