Yet another state is preparing to fire first responders over the vaccine mandate. Massachusetts has placed 50 unvaccinated corrections officers on suspension without pay for noncompliance.
The legislative representative for the Massachusetts Correction Officer Federated Union, Kevin Flanagan, said the final number will change depending on the outcome of pending disciplinary hearings.
"You're taking good, qualified, hard-working men and women who have worked throughout this entire pandemic on the frontlines-not able to telework-and you're basically telling them you're suspended because you're not getting the vaccine."Kevin Flanagan
As of right now, the officers who have yet to get their shots have five days to comply. If they do not, the next step will be a 10-day unpaid suspension, followed by termination.
The union attempted to get an injunction against the mandate, stating that it violated the correctional officer's rights, but a federal judge denied it. Out of the 40,000 Executive Department employees, all but were vaccinated.
Firing these correctional officers would leave the state short-staffed. Baker has already activated 250 National Guard Personnel in preparation.