Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is going to have to wait just a bit longer to fire city employees.
Lightfoot had celebrated a previous ruling, but her party got rained on at the last second.
Cook County Judge Raymond Mitchell has issued a temporary order that will block the city from requiring all Chicago police officers from being vaccinated by December 31, 2021.
Lightfoot tried to turn lemons into lemonade after the ruling was handed down, but she clearly seemed to misunderstand the ruling.
The Democrat mayor seemed only to hear the first part of the ruling, which stated, “The City’s counsel suggested at oral argument that it might be possible to arbitrate the grievances before December 31, 2021, but that is a matter for the parties to resolve among themselves.
“So, the only remedy left to protect the unions’ right to meaningful arbitration is to stay in compliance with the December 31 vaccination requirement until such time as the arbitration is complete.”
Judge Mitchell continued, basically taking the side of the union.
He stated that” ‘Obey now, grieve later’ is not possible.
“If every union member complied and was vaccinated by December 31, they would have no grievance to pursue and there would be no remedy an arbitrator could award.
“An award of back pay or reinstatement cannot undo a vaccine. Nothing can.”
This was Lightfoot’s reaction to the ruling, which, as you will hear, so really only heard what she wanted to hear…
This issue is clearly not resolved in favor of either side, but the language used by Mitchell seems to make it sound as though he is leaning towards siding with the union.
We will continue to monitor the case and update as necessary.
Source: The Blaze