Baltimore police union advises members not to disclose vaccination status

Union leaders have been attempting to discuss the city's vaccine mandate with city officials.

Updated: October 15, 2021 - 9:37pm

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Baltimore’s police union is advising its officers not to disclose their vaccination status to the city until there is more clarification surrounding the city’s vaccine mandate.

According to The Hill, union leaders have been attempting to discuss the issue with city officials for weeks to no avail.

“It is understandable that our members have questions about a policy with so little information being provided by the city,” said Sgt. Mike Mancuso, president of the Fraternal Order of Police in a letter to his union members. “Until the city responds to our right to bargain these issues, or the courts intervene, I suggest you do nothing in regard to revealing your vaccination status as it is outlined in the city’s policy,” he concluded.

Mancuso said there are “multiple collective bargaining issues” with the city’s “vague vaccination policy.” 

The Hill notes that the city has scheduled a meeting with union leaders for next Wednesday, two days after the vaccine mandate takes effect. According to the mandate, officers could face potential termination if they do not show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

The union says it will take legal action if their concerns are not addressed at next week's meeting.