Judge silences Chicago Police Union chief for asking officers to hide vaccination status – .

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Judge silences Chicago Police Union chief for asking officers to hide vaccination status – .


The reporting deadline was Friday. Chicago has said unvaccinated officers could be put on unpaid leave, although city officials say there is no immediate threat to the jobs of officers who fail to comply

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The temporary restraining order gives Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot a momentary victory in the fight for the mandate, which threatens to expand into a public safety issue if the police stop working. Cook County Judge Cecilia Horan ruled on Friday night that irreparable harm was possible if union leader John Catanzara Jr. continued to make his statements.

Lightfoot argued that Catanzara, chairman of Fraternal Order of Police Chicago Lodge # 7, was already endangering public safety and engaging in a work stoppage by telling officers to snub the obligation to report their status to the portal. city ​​employees.

The reporting deadline was Friday. Chicago has said unvaccinated officers could be put on unpaid leave, although city officials say there is no immediate threat to the jobs of officers who fail to comply.

Catanzara said this week that half of Chicago’s roughly 13,000 police officers may not show up for work this weekend.

The Chicago standoff is one of many legal battles in the United States over immunization mandates, from public sector workers to healthcare workers. The demands of the workplace have largely survived a first wave of legal challenges.

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