St. Paul Police Union Files Lawsuit Against COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

The St. Paul Police Officers’ Union has filed a lawsuit against the city’s pending COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

Below the mandate issued by Mayor Melvin Carter in October, all city workers must be vaccinated before the end of the year.

Unlike other governments and workplaces, the mandate does not allow regular testing and masking instead of vaccination. However, the policy does allow medical and religious exemptions.

In the lawsuit, the union says they tried to negotiate with the city to find a testing option, but the city ignored their request and went ahead with the mandate.

The union thus argues that the municipality has acted in bad faith and has violated the collective labor agreement.

The union is calling for a ban to block the mandate term and force the city to negotiate with the union.

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