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Chicago Threatens to Withhold Retirement Benefits From Cops Who Retire Rather than Submit to Mayor L Options
alkarocky
#1 Posted : Monday, October 18, 2021 5:56:33 PM

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Chicago Threatens to Withhold Retirement Benefits From Cops Who Retire Rather than Submit to Mayor Lightfoot’s COVID Vaccine Mandate
By Kristinn Taylor
Published October 18, 2021 at 3:20pm

Chicago has upped its battle with police officers over the mandated COVID vaccine, issuing a statement Sunday night threatening the retirement benefits of officers who opt to retire from the force rather than submit to Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s COVID vaccine mandate and reporting system.



A copy of the notice was reported by WMAQ-TV reporter Mary Ann Ahern who posted a copy to Twitter:





The statement reads:


“TO BE READ AT ALL ROLL CALLS FOR SEVEN (7) CONSECUTIVE DAYS. This AMC message informs Department members of the consequences of disobeying a direct order to comply with the City of Chicago’s Vaccination Policy issued 8 October 2021 and being the subject of the resulting disciplinary investigation. A Department member, civilian or sworn, who disobeys a direct order by a supervisor to comply with the City of Chicago’s Vaccination Policy issued 8 October 2021 will become the subject of a disciplinary investigation that could result in a penalty up to and including separation from the Chicago Police Department. Furthermore, sworn members who retire while under a disciplinary investigation may be denied retirement credentials…”

Last week a Cook County judge barred the president of the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police John Catanzara from speaking out against Chicago’s COVID vaccine mandate and vaccine status reporting portal.


The Chicago Tribune reported Monday on the FOP’s response to Sunday’s threatening statement by police brass(excerpt):

The FOP, in response, sent a document to its members that provides language officers can use should they be asked to go to Internal Affairs and given a direct order to report their vaccination status through the city portal, according to multiple law enforcement sources.

“Complying with this INVALID order and the violation of MY Bargaining, Constitutional and Civil Rights has furthermore caused me severe anxiety while challenging both my religious and moral beliefs. I am in fact complying with this because I am being forced to do so under complete duress and threats of termination,” the document reads.

The union told members who receive a direct order from a supervisor to have that supervisor add their name to the FOP-provided document and advised members to keep a copy for themselves and send another to the union. According to a law enforcement source, the union also is urging members to turn on their body cameras and record the encounters, a call Chicago police union president John Catanzara has made before.

Lightfoot ordered back in August that all city employees must be vaccinated by October 15. The deadline was later modified, after objections by the police union, to the end of the year but with a proviso that unvaccinated workers submit to twice-weekly testing at their own expense. All workers must report their vaccine status through an online portal starting this Friday or face being put on no-pay status.




A summary by the Tribune of the battle between Lightfoot and the police union over the COVID vaccine mandate can be read at this link.

UPDATE: Lightfoot on Monday accused the police union of trying to “induce an insurrection.”



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dcr570
#2 Posted : Monday, October 18, 2021 7:47:00 PM

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First, John Catanzara should have the same Constitutional right to free speech and personal opinion as all Americans have.

Second, Catanzara believes this is an attempt at "Union Busting" by Lightfoot. Not a union man myself, I tend to believe him on this.

Third: The USA's National Labor relations Board tends to favor labor unions in it's decisions.

IF this ever gets to that level,it will be interesting to see if any decision by that Board favors the UNION,
or is so scared of Democrat reprisals it rules for the Dark Dwarf, Lightfoot.
chr927
#3 Posted : Tuesday, October 19, 2021 11:11:22 AM

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This morning the news said Lightfoot is pleading with the suburbs and surrounding counties to send police and deputies into Chicago to take the place of Chicago cops who have had enough of her threats, and refuse to return to their jobs.

She's getting desperate.

The Sheriff of Kane County has already replied...he REFUSES to send his deputies into Chicago.
I think he knows the city administration won't back them up, and he won't expose his deputies to that dangerous and chaotic situation.

By the way; Kane County's sheriff is, himself, a DEMOCRAT.
monk37
#4 Posted : Tuesday, October 19, 2021 12:27:10 PM

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UPDATE: Lightfoot on Monday accused the police union of trying to “induce an insurrection.”

Talk about out of touch. The mini tyrant mayor demanded law enforcement of all backgrounds to stand down and watch as the city was being burned and looted and the gang war collateral damage to innocent citizens and children still raged on. The men and women of law enforcement put their lives on the line for decades the serve and protect all of the community and are wise enough to recognize a life risky scam a mile away unlike the idiotic do as I say not as I do politicians who exempt potential super spreaders like postal workers and illegal foreign nationals from all over the world.

Compelling interest health and safety my arse !

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Mwalacavage
#5 Posted : Tuesday, October 19, 2021 2:19:31 PM

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monk37 wrote:
UPDATE: Lightfoot on Monday accused the police union of trying to “induce an insurrection.”

Talk about out of touch. The mini tyrant mayor demanded law enforcement of all backgrounds to stand down and watch as the city was being burned and looted and the gang war collateral damage to innocent citizens and children still raged on. The men and women of law enforcement put their lives on the line for decades the serve and protect all of the community and are wise enough to recognize a life risky scam a mile away unlike the idiotic do as I say not as I do politicians who exempt potential super spreaders like postal workers and illegal foreign nationals from all over the world.

Compelling interest health and safety my arse !

Here and other places we find Democrats in the awkward spot of fighting with some of their usual best allies in public employee unions.

"There are 2 bases for any ethical system. (1) Aristocratic code (2) Religion. Liberals reject both which leaves them with exactly nothing… A man without code or religion has no other reason other than mere preference to consider any interests other than his own. Why should “he think in time” beyond his own life [or] hesitate to expoit anyone?"

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monk37
#6 Posted : Wednesday, October 20, 2021 12:08:56 PM

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chr927 wrote:
This morning the news said Lightfoot is pleading with the suburbs and surrounding counties to send police and deputies into Chicago to take the place of Chicago cops who have had enough of her threats, and refuse to return to their jobs.

She's getting desperate.

The Sheriff of Kane County has already replied...he REFUSES to send his deputies into Chicago.
I think he knows the city administration won't back them up, and he won't expose his deputies to that dangerous and chaotic situation.

By the way; Kane County's sheriff is, himself, a DEMOCRAT.


Aye, it's getting desperate because the slim stolen majority radical socialist agenda is falling apart rapidly and the more double down there is the more they alienate former allies with a shred of common sense.

Seems I'm constantly reminded lately by leftists of the old guy on the dock in the Forest Gump movie when Forest wants to become a shrimper. A perfectly played role and line delivery .. "Are you stupid or something"?

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dcr570
#7 Posted : Wednesday, October 20, 2021 7:36:19 PM

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The sheriff of DuPage county - east of Kane and west of Chicago/Cook County - has ALSO refused to send his DuPage deputies into Chicago.

The ball is rolling, but AWAY from Chicago.
dcr570
#8 Posted : Thursday, October 21, 2021 7:44:39 PM

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Livingston and Kendall Counties have also joined Kane and DuPage in refusing to send their deputies into Chicago.
I hear there is a FIFTH county as well, but I don't know which one at this time.
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