Massachusetts State Police union sues over governor's vaccine mandate
Why it matters: The union represents 1,800 members and is asking a judge to postpone the vaccination requirement so it has time to bargain, the Boston Globe notes. Troopers would undergo "irreparable harm" otherwise, the lawsuit said.
- Baker's order, issued Aug. 19, allows for personal, medical or religious exemptions. Failure to comply could result in discipline.
The union's demands include:
- Allowing troopers who choose not to get the vaccine to wear masks and submit to weekly testing.
- Offering "presumptive protection" to members who are forced to retire or die due to the vaccination or COVID-19. This would automatically make their case a "line-of-duty injury" with additional benefits.
What to watch: A hearing is set for Wednesday, according to the Globe.