Chicago Forced To Rehire, Give Backpay To Workers Fired Over Covid Vaccine Refusal

  • A Chicago judge recently ordered the city to rehire and pay lost wages to workers who were fired for refusing to comply with Democratic Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s 2021 COVID vaccination mandate.
  • On April 19, administrative law Judge Anna Hamburg-Gal ruled that Chicago violated the Illinois Public Labor Relations Act by failing and refusing to bargain in good faith over COVID vaccine requirements for city workers.
  • The city was ordered to “make whole” unionized workers who refused the mandate and lost pay and benefits. The affected employees will also receive 7% annual interest on lost wages.
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