LA Fire Brigade Union Sues City Over Vaccination Mandate

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – The Los Angeles City Fire Department union is suing the terms of a mandate requiring employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

United Firefighters of Los Angeles City Local 112 filed the complaint in the Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday, seeking an injunction and injunction.

The city passed an ordinance in August instructing city staff to get vaccinated against the coronavirus unless they can prove a medical or religious exception. The city council recently approved a plan that gives employees more time to vaccinate.

A representative from the public prosecutor could not be reached immediately.

The union claims the city maliciously negotiated the vaccination mandate and filed a complaint with the Los Angeles City Staff Council. Specifically, the union is opposed to the requirement that unvaccinated employees have a COVID-19 test twice a week and be tested by the city’s selected provider, and then reimburse the city for $ 65 per test.

The city’s final, best and final proposal also calls for employees who fail to pay for the tests to be fired, the lawsuit said.

“By emailing the proposal, claiming it was the last, the best and the last, the city deprived the union of its right to negotiate by denying it the right to examine and respond to the proposal,” said it in the lawsuit.

The lawsuit calls for an immediate restraining order and an injunction preventing enforcement of the vaccine mandate until the union’s unfair practice charges are resolved prior to the ERB’s decision.

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