The Phoenix metro area has experienced a huge amount of population growth, which has changed the political party affiliation percentages from heavy Red to Purple almost overnight.
The city council has moved left and the city elected a liberal democratic mayor in 2019.
As a result, on November 18th, the city of Phoenix used the excuse that because they have contracts with the Federal government, they must act as a federal contractor, implemented the Biden COVID-19 vaccine mandate, requiring all Phoenix city employees to be vaccinated by January 18, 2022, as outlined in Presidential Executive Order 14042.
BREAKING: the City of Phoenix says all employees must be vaccinated by January 18, 2022.
“Employees not in compliance with the COVID-19 vaccine requirement by January 18, 2022 will be contacted and subject to progressive discipline up to and including termination,” a memo says.
— Nicole Grigg (@NicoleSGrigg) November 19, 2021
Everything changed on December 7th. The city of Phoenix put the breaks on their decision following a series of legal challenges and a ruling Tuesday from a federal judge in Georgia which temporarily halts the COVID-19 vaccine mandate for federal contractors nationwide.
Tuesday the city manager announced it has paused plans to implement a federal mandate requiring all city employees be vaccinated against COVID-19.
The Attorney General of Arizona tweeted out his approval of the decision.
Great news for our first responders in Phoenix! Attorneys General from around the nation are proving to be the first and last line of defense against unprecedented federal overreach. https://t.co/PpBsVyJfpe
— Mark Brnovich (@GeneralBrnovich) December 7, 2021
“As we’ve faced the COVID-19 pandemic, employee safety and maintaining essential city services have been our priority. In meeting those demands, the one constant has been our ability to be flexible. Today’s decision further reflects that flexibility,” said City Manager Jeff Barton.
“Since we first were alerted that city employees would be subject to the Presidential Executive Order mandating the vaccine for federal contractors, we have promised to monitor legal challenges and adjust accordingly. While I continue to believe the vaccination is the best defense against COVID-19, we owe it to our employees to allow the legal process to play out.”
This story syndicated with permission from Eric Thompson – Trending Politics
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