NYC Cuts Vaccine Mandate Deal With Some Unions

The Washington Post reports:

New York City said Thursday that it had reached an agreement with at least four unions representing some 75,000 city employees to establish rules about how workers can apply for medical or religious exemptions to the city’s coronavirus vaccine mandate.

As part of the deal, the unions will withdraw litigation against the mandate. In return, employees will have the right to appeal exemption denials to an outside arbitrator.

The city will also extend health benefits to workers who decline vaccination until June 30, 2022, while allowing some exemption applicants to stay at work until final rulings on their requests are made.

Read the full article. Firefighter and police unions are not parties to the new deal. New York City mayor-elect Eric Adams has said he wants to “revisit” the city’s vaccine mandates.