Up to half of Chicago police officers could be put on unpaid leave over vaccine dispute

Up to half of Chicago police officers could be put on unpaid leave over vaccine dispute

(CNN)Up to half of Chicago's rank-and-file police officers could be placed on unpaid leave starting Friday because of a dispute between their union and Mayor Lori Lightfoot over a city requirement for officers to disclose their vaccine status. The dispute in Chicago is emblematic of tension across the country between unions and employers as cities and businesses seek to enforce vaccine mandates. At least 228 officers have died of Covid-19 this year compared to 245 last year, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page. Covid is the leading cause of death for officers despite them being among the first groups having access to the vaccine at the end of last year. At least 120 officers in San Francisco will be off the street after failing to comply with the city's …
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