BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) – A hearing was held Wednesday morning from the union representing most of Massachusetts state police officers in Suffolk Superior Court.
The State Police Association of Massachusetts (SPAM) filed a lawsuit last Friday to block Governor Charlie Baker’s statewide Covid-19 vaccine mandate for state employees.
SPAM asked a judge to hold the mandate, which goes into effect on October 17. The judge said they would take the issue under advisement.
The union also wants weekly tests and mask wearing to be available options for state troopers who do not want the vaccine or who already had the virus.
SPAM is also seeking “presumptive protection” from Covid-19 and vaccines. This would essentially give the union the authority to consider a Covid infection or illness from a vaccination a line of duty injury, which could open workers up to more financial benefits.
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