Police Unions Mull Next Step As NYC Athletes’ Vax Mandate Ends

Allowing unvaccinated New York City players to participate in home games comes after nine NYPD officers and 37 civilian department employees have been fired under the vaccine mandate for city workers.

NEW YORK—City unions pondered new legal action Friday in response to Mayor Eric Adams’ decision to spare athletes and entertainers from the vaccine mandate requiring municipal workers to get a shot or lose their jobs.

Labor officials, who have already challenged the mandatory vaccines in court, were poised to amp up the fight against the firings that left nine police officers and 37 civilian NYPD employees looking for work as unvaccinated Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving and players with the Yankees and Mets were cleared to play.

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