The United States’ largest healthcare union stated that its members should not be obligated to receive the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) Virus vaccine.
“Whether there is a legal challenge that we can make, or whether it’s just a pure organizational challenge that we can make, we are not going to just give in,” George Gresham, president of SEIU (Service Employees International Union) Local 1199 told New York City local news Gothamist.
Hundreds of thousands of nurses and carers in New Jersey, Florida, Washington, Maryland, and Massachusetts are represented by the New York-based organization, which claimed itself as the largest healthcare union in the country.
“We are not in agreement with a mandate of the COVID-19 vaccine. A hard-handed approach will not work and will only create greater frustration for the healthcare heroes who have been battling this pandemic every day for the last 15 months,” Gresham said in a statement on June 11.
One day earlier, Houston Methodist stated that 153 workers had been sacked or quit due to their refusal to take the vaccines to continue their employment. Employees were ordered to take the vaccine even though it has Emergency Use Authorization. which was a violation of federal law, according to the plaintiffs. Their lawyer promised to pursue the matter all the way to the Supreme Court after lawsuit dismissal.
“Many of my clients actually contracted COVID as a result of treating COVID-positive patients, and the thank you that Methodist Hospital gives them now is a pink slip,” the workers’ lawyer, Jared Woodfill, claimed.
New York-Presbyterian Hospital was not left behind, putting in place identical rules to Houston Methodist, but instead of a June deadline, it gave its staff until September 1 to obey.
The reports that New York-Presbyterian Hospital would force all of its staff to undergo CCP Virus vaccination, despite the fact that none of the vaccines had received full FDA authorization.
Gresham spoke with Steve Corwin, the CEO of New York-Presbyterian Hospital, about the concerns of union members.
Even though Gresham claimed to have taken both doses and has advised union members to do so, he maintains that employees “have the right to make their decision about their own health.”
The New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) was similarly opposed to mandatory immunization. “NYSNA strongly opposes the mandatory vaccination of health care providers for COVID-19 as a condition of employment or as a state or federal mandate,” it said in a statement.
The American Medical Association’s president, Gerald Harmon, stated that his organization resists CCP Virus vaccine obligations, at least at this time. Such directions, he warned, “may carry the risk of eroding trust and undermining public health goals.”