Cause Meet Effect: Fire Halls Could Close As Thousands Of NYC City Workers Face Vax Layoffs

Written by Wes Walker on November 1, 2021

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In what’s amounting to a colossal game of chicken, the question is, who will blink first. It’s a classic case of an irresistible force meeting an immovable object.

On one hand, you have the collective weight of a Democrat government hellbent on using every tool at its disposal to enforce compliance with respect to a vaccine it insists private citizens must have to go about their daily lives.

On the other hand you have … blue-collar New Yorkers who have a well-earned reputation of being, let’s call it ‘gritty’.

In a contest of wills where the government has said ‘obey or else’, some 24,000 city employees have chosen ‘else’.

So what happens when the government gets their bluff called? Sure, some 90% eventually got the jab. But plenty of New Yorkers have no intention of complying.

In case anyone’s forgotten, most of them are the same ‘COVID-heroes’ who were slogging their way through their work days in uncertain conditions while keyboard warriors sat safely at home, working over Zoom calls, and having their take-out delivered to their door.

There were fancy light displays thanking them for their service and everything… at least, when BLM rioters weren’t chucking frozen water bottles at them. DeBlasio was super-excited to throw a ticker-tape parade for these heroes. This was DeBlasio as recently as June 14th 2021:

Mayor Bill de Blasio today announced ‘Hometown Heroes,’ a ticker tape parade celebrating the Summer of New York City and thanking the essential workers who uplifted New Yorkers through the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The parade, which will take place at 11:00 A.M. on July 7, 2021, will begin by Manhattan’s Battery Park, travel along the Canyon of Heroes, and end with a ceremony in City Hall Park.

“We can never thank our essential workers enough for all they’ve done for this city. But we can celebrate their heroism in our streets – and put on a safe, dynamic, unforgettable parade to show our appreciation,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “Thanks to these essential workers, we’ve fought back COVID-19 and we’re on our way to building a recovery for all of us. I can’t wait to march alongside them.” —NYC

What has happened to those COVID heroes? Between the outbreak and now, a whole lot of them caught the virus everyone else was hiding from.

Some died, sadly. Most got better. Now? Now they are expected to get stabbed in the arm with the vaccine they were expected to work without for the first year and a half of the outbreak … or else.

What a difference a year makes. Way to show your deep appreciation to those COVID heroes, NYC.

What might the real-world consequence of the vax layoffs look like?

Early reports were that some 26 Fire Departments were closed down, but that was denied by officials in the FDNY, who claim that resources were shifted around the city to keep everything open. But what happens after the layoffs take effect — including on the FDNY, who have among the lowest levels of compliance — remains to be seen.

The five boroughs have been bracing for the possibility of a worker shortage since Mayor Bill de Blasio announced last month that any public employees who fail to provide proof of at least one COVID vaccine dose will not be paid and risk losing their jobs after Monday’s deadline. The mandate has boosted vaccination rates among members of FDNY, NYPD, sanitation department and other city workers but 9% of the city’s 300,000 employees still had not gotten the shot as of Sunday, the mayor said.

In the last 24 hours before the deadline, about 2,000 more employees got their shot, de Blasio said. More than half of unvaccinated workers have filed for exemptions, which are being processed and it’s unclear whether they’ll be approved for medical and religious reasons.

…The FDNY is looking at the potential for 20% of fire companies to be closed and 20% fewer ambulances on the road come Monday. Ansbro said the share of fire companies that might have to close could be as high as 40%. And sanitation workers have already staged a slowdown in protests of the mandate.

…As of Sunday morning, the police department, which employs about 36,000 officers and 19,000 civilian employees, reported an 84% vaccination rate. The fire department said Sunday afternoon that 80% of its employees were vaccinated — 75% of firefighters, 87% of EMTS and 90% of civilian employees. — NBCNY

One of the sticking points is the lack of acknowledgment of natural immunity as a reason to not get the jab… which is weird, considering the entire function of a vaccine is supposed to be nothing more than a biological shortcut (or ‘hack’) for a population to acquire natural immunity from an illness without having to go through the trouble and risk of first recovering from said illness to acquire that immunity.

These people were hired as first responders because they are NOT the kind of people who run away at the first sign of danger, who know the difference between recklessness and a calculated risk.

But because they don’t share a pencil-pushing mayor’s fear of the virus so many of them have already faced and overcome, they’re being kicked to the curb.

I guess in the eyes of a New York Democrat, some heroes are disposable.

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