Prison Guard Union Suing The Commonwealth To Postpone Vaccine Mandate

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The Massachusetts Correction Officers Federated Union that represents roughly 4,000 prison guards believes that Governor Charlie Baker’s vaccine mandate goes too far.

The lawsuit filed under the names of four officers in federal court, says the mandate arbitrarily and irrationally interferes with the guards’ constitutional right to decline unwanted medical care while keeping employment.

They add that it erases important terms of its collective bargaining agreement.

The Union says inmates are not required to be vaccinated or follow any COVID-19 protocols.

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In the last month, the Union representing Mass State Troopers tried to file a similar lawsuit but the judge denied the request to postpone the mandate. Since then their Union says that dozens of Troopers have sent in either letters of resignation or retirement.

Governor Baker’s office says it does not comment on pending litigation.

The deadline for all State employees to get vaccinated or claim medical or religious exemption is October 17th.

WBZ NewsRadio's James Rojas (@JamesRojasWBZ) reports.

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