The city kept its promise and almost 1,500 municipal employees are without a job.

City Hall fired 1,430 public sector workers, who make up less than 1% of the city’s workforce, over their fight against vaccinations from the COVID-19 infection.

The less than 1% of municipal workers fired also represents the most significant redundancy of employees around the country over the COVID vaccine.

While Eric Adams may be the current mayor, these rules were set during the tail end of Bill de Blasio’s administration. Under his jurisdiction, the former mayor declared that all new city workers and those who spent months on leave without pay were to be vaccinated by February 11th.

Workers had to show proof of at least one vaccine injection and then receive the next one 45 days later.

Among those fired were 36 NYPD members, 25 fire department members and 700 members of the United Federation of Teachers (UFT). UFT officials tried to block the firings last week, but appeals in court were dismissed.

“If you are vaccinated, you’ve taken the most important step to protect yourself from severe disease,” said Adams during a recent news conference. “And for that, I thank you, because you also helped protect our hospitals and our health workers. Our most recent data show that unvaccinated people are over eight times more likely to be hospitalized compared to those who are vaccinated. Thankfully, our overall data show a real decline in both cases and hospitalizations and that is because New Yorkers have stepped up once again, to protect themselves and their city.”

The teachers’ union isn’t taking the firings lying down. Union leaders believe that a lack of due process should leave the city’s actions dead on arrival.

“The UFT believes that the city cannot summarily terminate any employees based on the vaccine mandate,” said a spokesperson. “The union is part of a lawsuit that would ensure that these cases go through the due process disciplinary procedures established in state law and the union contract. A hearing on this matter is scheduled for March 1, 2022, in New York State Supreme Court.”

“UFT members are entitled to access to the due process protections embodied in statutes and agreements the DOE is compelled to follow…” read a UFT emailed statement.

When asked about the demographics of those who were fired, the UFT spokesperson said, “We don’t have that now. I will see what kind of info we have when we get the final list.”

The city’s Department of Education didn’t respond to the AmNews’ requests for similar numbers.

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