Newark's COVID-19 vaccine mandate for city workers upheld by court

A state Appellate Court has ruled Newark's COVID-19 vaccine mandate for city workers could take effect without negotiation.

News 12 Staff

Sep 28, 2021, 10:26 AM

Updated 929 days ago

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A state Appellate Court has ruled Newark's COVID-19 vaccine mandate for city workers could take effect without negotiation.
Mayor Ras Baraka issued the order in August, requiring all city employees to be vaccinated against the coronavirus or face discipline up to termination.
The order gave employees 30 days to provide vaccination records after Aug. 16, but it did not give an option to test for the virus in lieu of being inoculated after that period.
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Earlier this month, members of the city's police and fire unions protested the mandate outside of city hall, asking for the option to be tested regularly instead.
The court ruled the executive order could take effect without having to negotiate its implementation with local police and fire unions that challenged the requirement.



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