Judge pauses Chicago police vaccine requirement

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(CNN)A Cook County justice paused the vaccination request for the Chicago Police Department on Monday until the union's grievances tin beryllium arbitrated.

Chicago's vaccination argumentation remains successful effect otherwise, Judge Raymond Mitchell said successful his order, including "the reporting and investigating obligations."

The ruling concerns a suit the section Fraternal Order of Police lodge filed, saying negotiations implicit the CPD's Covid-19 argumentation were underway erstwhile the metropolis "implemented their unilateral changes" to the argumentation portion "there were respective corporate bargaining issues that remained unresolved connected the bargaining table," CNN reported astatine the time.

Mitchell wrote successful his bid that portion the lawsuit is based connected "two competing nationalist interests," they are not "wholly irreconcilable." He noted that the City of Chicago wants to "safeguard the wellness of its employees" and says helium does "not judge that that the constabulary unions' grievances and alternate proposals are thing different than an effort to support their members."

"I americium persuaded that the constabulary unions person demonstrated a request for impermanent injunctive alleviation arsenic to the December 31, 2021, vaccination requirement," Mitchell said.

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Police Superintendent David Brown said that 73% of the section has entered their accusation into the city's vaccine portal, disclosing vaccination status.

Of those successful the portal, much than 80% of officers study being vaccinated, according to Brown.

There are 35 officers connected no-pay status, the superintendent said.

"We proceed to promote our section members to get the Covid-19 vaccine. This is astir serviceman safety, arsenic we've said repeatedly, and it's astir protecting our families and the radical we serve," Brown said.

About the judge's ruling, Brown said, "We are proceeding with our protocol to get officers successful the portal and to guarantee that if they're not vaccinated that we marque the lawsuit that vaccination saves lives and/or investigating doubly a week."

A presumption proceeding successful the lawsuit is scheduled for November 10 astatine 1 p.m. CT.

CNN has contacted Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot's bureau and the FOP president for remark but did not instantly perceive back.

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