Chicago Police Union Chairman is encouraging officers to not report their vaccination status to the city, despite Lori Lightfoot’s directive that all city employees must do so by Friday.
John Catanzara (President of the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police, FOP) posted a video earlier this week urging the police to not enter any information on the city’s online vaccination portal.
Catanzara said, “Don’t fill out the portal info.” “I have made my position very clear regarding the vaccine, but I don’t believe that the city has authority to oblige anyone, much less those with information about your medical history.”
Catanzara stated that he was not calling to strike or “job action”. Last week, however, Catanzara clarified that he was not calling for “job action” or a strike. Sun-TimesAccording to him, as high as 50% of the force are against the mandate.
Lightfoot warned that city employees who fail to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination by Oct. 15th will be denied employment.
City policymakers, including Matt O’Shea (Councilor) and Marty Quinn (Councilor), have expressed concern about the FOP threats. According to WLS TVThe couple wrote Lightfoot a letter in which they expressed concern that the large number of officers who refuse to comply with their orders would put their communities “in serious danger.”
Lightfoot has yet to indicate that it plans to waive the requirement for vaccines for law enforcement officers.
Catanzara indicated earlier in the week that he would file a class-action lawsuit on behalf of union members, but nothing was filed as of Thursday.