In blue city after blue city and among left-wing corporate CEO types who vote for and donate to Democrats, mandates are now becoming more prevalent after Joe Biden played king last month and issued a mandate that experts and observers say isn’t even real.
But not everyone is simply rolling over: In Los Angeles, for example, 1,000 firefighters have filed suit against the city’s mandate, and Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva has already announced he will not enforce the county’s directive. Also, a group of LAPD officers have announced plans to sue, while Southwest Airlines had to cancel thousands of flights recently because of a “sick-out” — a mass call-in — due to opposition to the airline’s vaccine mandate.
That hasn’t happened in Seattle, however, where a quarter of the city’s police department has yet to get the jab and whose officers now face termination under the city’s directive.
“The environment has been pretty toxic and negative,” one officer anonymously told Fox 13. “Not just from this whole mandate, but prior to that as well. I’m not sure this would be a good place for me to work long-term for my mental health. It has been very stressful.”
Last year, you recall, was ‘Floyd’s Rebellion’ — mass protests and rioting around the country over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Seattle was particularly hard hit because the communists who run the city bought into the “defund police” movement and shed about 300 officers, leaving the remaining force to deal with the aftermath.
“We value each of you, and do not want to lose you as employees,” Mayor Jenny Durkan said in an email that was sent to city employees this week in which she backed her mandate . “But the people that count on you the most are the ones that need you to get vaccinated.”
“To add another layer of concern, Seattle PD Spokesperson Sgt. Randy Huserik confirmed to FOX 13 News that there are an additional 111 officers awaiting results of exemption requests. Those 111 are not counted in the 292 figure – meaning if their accommodations are denied, the actual number of unvaccinated officers could be as high as 403,” the outlet reported.
“Losing even 50 to 75 officers in one day, the response times for the city will go up drastically,” another officer told FOX 13, adding that if the city or the department doesn’t approve their religious exemption, “I will continue working until the day that they fire me and that’s about all that I can do.”
Meanwhile, airline pilots are increasingly becoming the first line of vaccine resistance, as demonstrated by the mass call-in last week. Southwest having to cancel thousands of flights resulted in the loss of millions of dollars; a prolonged walkout that is sustained across several airlines would essentially cripple air travel but also cargo flights at a time when the country is already suffering a supply chain crunch that is quickly spiraling into the latest Biden crisis.
During a segment on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News program this week, pilot Joshua Yoder said that fliers and airline personnel, not the government, have “all the power” in the vaccine debate.
“Among my friends, I saw a need. Many of us don’t want to take this. People were being coerced. I believe in freedom, and I’m here to support the freedom of my fellow employees and all people across this country.”
“I’m not going to take a mandate. I’m not going to be forced to do something that I don’t believe in,” he added.
“If you have flights reduced by 30 percent because 30 percent of pilots are fired because they won’t take the vaccine, this is going to affect how your goods get here from overseas, how they are distributed to the store,” he said.
“First of all, we have all the control, and the control comes from a simple word, and that’s ‘no,’” Yoder added. “We just don’t need to comply. As far as I’m concerned, I will never promote a sick-out or a work action that is illegal. With U.S. Freedom Flyers, the organization I’m with, we will never promote such a thing. With that being said, we also cannot control the actions of individuals.”
“And I think that you will see massive disruptions in the supply chain and in your travel if we just stand up and say no,” he continued. “If these companies fire us and they fire 30% of the workforce, aircraft are going to stop moving, and it’s going to affect you. It’s going to affect your air travel, and it’s going to affect the economy.”
**By JD Heyes