BOSTON (WHDH) – Dozens of Massachusetts state troopers submitted their resignation papers after a judge denied the union’s request representing 1,800 members of the law enforcement agency to block the implementation of Governor Charlie Baker’s vaccine mandate.
“It is regrettable that the governor and his team have chosen to impose one of the strictest vaccine mandates in the country without reasonable alternatives,” said the Massachusetts State Police Association. said in a statement.
In late August, Baker signed an executive order that established a vaccine mandate for all state employees.
The union says it had been seeking “reasonable accommodations” for its members as an alternative to the vaccine, including the use of masks and regular testing. The group also wanted the state to treat COVID-related illnesses as an injury in the line of duty.
“To date, dozens of police officers have already submitted their resignation papers, some of whom plan to return to other departments that offer reasonable alternatives,” the union said. “The State Police already has a critical staffing and recognized it for the unprecedented movements that took soldiers from specialized units investigating homicides, terrorism, computer crimes, arson, gangs, narcotics and human trafficking, and returned them to uniformed patrols ”.
The judge’s ruling left unvaccinated soldiers with just a few days to receive their first dose of vaccine or face possible disciplinary action.
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