BOSTON (CBS) — The State Police Affiliation of Massachusetts says its first union member has been let go for not complying with Gov. Charlie Baker’s vaccine mandate for workers.
The union didn’t launched the identify of the officer, however stated he was a state trooper for 3 years. He’s additionally a Marine Corps veteran and third era legislation enforcement officer, based on the State Police Affiliation of Massachusetts in a Fb publish on Friday.
In addition they stated he taught spiritual training for 5 years and was a Eucharistic minister. He had additionally by no means been disciplined earlier than the mandate.
“‘Twas the evening earlier than Christmas and the terminations started,” the union wrote. “Sadly that is simply the primary of many. Throughout a time of critically brief staffing and in a world the place we attempt to have a properly rounded, educated and healthful Trooper, this can be a loss for all of us.”
WBZ-TV reached out to the Massachusetts State Police, however they didn’t have any remark.
The mandate from Baker acknowledged that 44,000 govt division staff should present proof of vaccination by October 17 or danger dropping their jobs.
“We’ll proceed to have a look at all authorized choices and work with our members to make sure their rights are protected,” The State Police Affiliation of Massachusetts stated.
Baker has frequently argued that vaccination is one of the best device for retaining staff and their households protected. In accordance with his mandate, staff do not need the choice to undergo weekly COVID-19 testing as a substitute of getting vaccinated.
The State Police Affiliation of Massachusetts has tried to dam the mandate in courtroom, however had been unsuccessful.