St. Paul Appeals Court Ruling Against Vaccine Mandate

St. Paul is appealing a district court ruling in favor of three unions that challenged Mayor Melvin Carter’s COVID-19 vaccine requirement for city employees.

In Minnesota Court of Appeals documents filed Friday, attorneys for the city argued that St. Paul has an inherent managerial right to impose a vaccine policy under state law. In lawsuits filed late last year, the St. Paul Police Federation, Firefighters Local 21 and St. Paul’s Tri-Council said the city violated state labor laws and collective bargaining agreements by failing to negotiate the terms of the policy with unions.

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