De Blasio Orders NYC Workers Back to the Office

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New York City is moving forward with Mayor Bill de Blasio’s order mandating city workers return to their workplaces.

Unions for city workers have objected to the directive, saying that if they were performing their jobs well remotely, they should be allowed to continue.

The Municipal Labor Committee, an umbrella group for unions representing municipal workers, has also threatened legal action if the mayor moves to eliminate the option of weekly virus testing for workers who opt not to get vaccinated.

“I understand unions will take whatever actions,” de Blasio said. “We feel confident, both in our legal position but also in our moral position, that this is the right thing to do for the people in New York City.”

Nearly all of the city’s 300,000 employees were required to be back in their workplaces, in person, Monday as the city ended remote work.

Most will either need to be vaccinated or undergo weekly COVID-19 testing to remain in their jobs.

“It’s time for everyone to be back where they can do the best work, which is definitely in the office,” de Blasio said.

The city was also set to start enforcing rules requiring workers and patrons to be vaccinated to go indoors at restaurants, museums, gyms and entertainment venues. The vaccination requirement has been in place for weeks but had not previously been enforced.

There will also be a vaccine mandate — with no test-out option — for teachers, though they have been given until Sept. 27 to get their first shot.

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