BOSTON (CBS) – Greater than 800 Boston metropolis workers have been positioned on unpaid depart for not complying with town’s COVID-19 mandate.
The mandate, introduced by Performing Mayor Kim Janey in August, requires metropolis workers to supply proof of vaccination or undergo weekly COVID testing. The town introduced rolling deadlines for workers with the ultimate deadline being October 18.
READ MORE: Lakeville Firefighters Thank Girl Who Comforted Woman After Severe Crash
As of Tuesday, a metropolis spokesperson stated roughly 812 metropolis workers have been recognized as non-compliant and positioned on unpaid depart. There are roughly 18,000 individuals who work for town of Boston.
The deadline for Boston Public College workers was September twentieth. As of Tuesday, 92 p.c of BPS workers had complied, a spokesperson stated.
Speedy COVID-19 testing was supplied at Boston college bus yards and a few faculties, Tuesday. A BPS spokesperson stated workers might attend work and obtain a paycheck in the event that they examined destructive.
“We are actually implementing contingency plans for bus transportation and different college operations impacted by worker leaves of absence, on account of unverified vaccination or testing,” a spokesperson stated. “We proceed to work intently with our various workforce, and our union companions, to make sure workers have entry to vaccination, testing and verification methods to adjust to the mandate.”
READ MORE: ‘We Could not Do It With out Them’: Newton-Wellesley Hospital Environmental Providers Workforce Performs Key Position Throughout Pandemic
Jessica Tang, the President of the Boston Instructor’s Union, stated roughly 99% of lecturers are following the mandate however there have been some hiccups with its implementation.
“We haven’t had points with people say they don’t need to be examined. The difficulty is extra concerning the availability of the testing. And so initially there have been just a few testing websites throughout town and we’re actually pushing for onsite testing capabilities,” she stated.
Boston Public Colleges stated it was additionally deploying workers to go retrieve paper vaccine and testing verification types from workers. These types had been additionally printed in Spanish and Haitian Creole.
For any worker who could discover the mandate unreasonable, Boston College Well being Regulation Professor Michael Ulrich says they don’t have a lot recourse.
“It’s actually powerful to say that is nonetheless burdensome for me when actually, it appears comparatively clear that town is attempting to keep away from firing folks,” he stated.
MORE NEWS: MBTA Makes Repairs At Savin Hill Station After Falling Steel Practically Hits Rider
The town didn’t present WBZ with compliance information for different departments.