Unvaccinated NYC workers could be given 2nd chance to get vaccinated and be rehired

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dogedogedogeCAT
dogedogedogeCAT
80 · 8 days ago · Reddit

My guess is a ton of teachers and support staff put in their resignations recently

leraygun
leraygun
54 · 8 days ago · Reddit

I recently resigned from NYC city service. I was fully vaccinated voluntarily and willingly. I don't know how many municipal workers the city lost due to the vaccine mandate, but from my experience many more people (who are vaccinated) resigned because of larger overall reasons. Most of them include:

  • Money. Getting paid significantly less than our private sector counterparts
  • Lack of salary increases, let alone increases that can keep up with inflation
  • Lack of career growth/​mobility (at least in my former agency) due to bureaucracy/​nepotism/​excuses or unwillingness stemming from 'budget constraints'. Case in point - I got offers for other jobs both within state and federal government AND in the private sector more easily and quickly than transferring within NYC government. Btw I have a Master's degree and special certifications.
  • Was ordered back into the office while the private sector was still teleworking
  • Having to wear a mask all day in the office even while vaccinated because we were forced to come back in
  • Money
  • Skyrocketing rents and inflation amidst residency requirement (must live within NYC for the first 2 years of service, then able to live within NY State)
  • Seniority - by itself is not necessarily bad, but when poor leadership is allowed to continue because of their time in service and they are not held accountable
  • Arcane rules related to sick time - in order for our sick day to be excused or 'documented', it requires a doctor's note. So if I am not feeling well and know I just need to rest, it will count against me if I don't visit the doctor to tell me what I already know. Several counts and I get written up. This rigid structure without flexibility or consideration feels like a lack of trust and not being treated like an adult. Not to mention contributing to the waste in medical costs and resources.
  • Crappier pensions - they used to be a lot better for those who joined at least 7 years ago. It is no longer a competitive alternative to the higher income in the private sector
  • No merit based raises
  • Lack of salary step-increases for non-civil service titles. Many of the city's positions are not subject to automatic salary increases annually because they are not civil service or unionized. Even though there are no guaranteed salary increases or decreased job security due to lack of union, there are not even merit based or cost of living salary increases. So it is the worst of both worlds.
  • Lack of resources, staff or effective equipment and technology to perform our duties sufficiently, let alone efficiently. Most equipment and resources are the result of the lowest bidder
  • Lack of teleworking flexibility. As of mid-June, all teleworking has ended for all city workers. Combined with the above reasons, it's like dating someone I was already thinking of leaving, and then they decide to stop showering
  • Did I mention money?

The reasons listed above represent my personal views gathered from conversations and sentiments I shared with other city workers and colleagues, who would echo the same sentiments they shared with theirs and so on. On my last day, I went to get a unit head's signature and I ran into another colleague doing the same for their resignation. At the end of the day when I went to turn in my ID, I learned there was in fact, a third colleague who resigned evidenced by our 3 ID cards sitting on the desk. Colleagues who sat in front of the manager who signs off on resignation forms told me they witnessed a parade of colleagues resigning this year, amounting to several per week.

For those of us who didn't complain about the vaccines and did what we needed to do, I don't find commonality with those who left due to the vaccine requirement, there were a lot bigger reasons for leaving. I see this revisiting of the vaccine mandate a way to recoup the workforce loss more for the above reasons than the vaccines. Most everyone I knew in the city had no problem getting vaccinated. COVID may have been the catalyst, but it unveiled the true colors of our leadership, and actions speak louder than words. We are simply not going to take it anymore and desire to be treated with the dignity and recognition we deserve. Good luck out there, folks.

P0stNutClarity
P0stNutClarity
45 · 8 days ago · Reddit

If Kyrie didn’t have to get it to do his job neither should anyone else. Rules for thee.

PorkRoll2022
PorkRoll2022
32 · 8 days ago · Reddit

Anyone still willing to work has likely left the building.

milxs
milxs
26 · 8 days ago · Reddit

If ur stupid enough to subscribe to anti vax opinions to the point of unemployment you deserve to lose your job

sternfan1523
sternfan1523
12 · 8 days ago · Reddit

Do what’s net best for the city moving forward. If there are major job vacancies that can’t be filled, time to move on from vax status at this point.

Good morn elija🚚🚛
Good morn elija🚚🚛
9 · 8 days ago · Twitter

Stop forcing people to take a product they don’t want just to have a job!

Completely insane

Catie
Catie
8 · 8 days ago · Twitter

Or just hire them back, give them backpay and don’t make them take a shot that doesn’t work.

Shaylapayla
Shaylapayla
6 · 8 days ago · Reddit

Every person i know that has had covid is vaccinated and boosted.

Chris Creighton
Chris Creighton
6 · 9 days ago · Twitter

Funny I don't see the city mandating Kyrie Irving to get a vaccine. The same rules should apply for all. If he can be indoors playing basketball without a vaccine, why cant city workers work indoors with the same rules. I guess athletes are a species above human

mizredds
mizredds
5 · 8 days ago · Reddit

People are leaving due to no telework options, even if it benefits the workplace. Our office is way more efficient remotely and they do not care. The mayor wants city employees to pay for coffee and Dunkin’ Donuts lol….people are leaving for companies that literally offer one day a week remotely smh …

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5 · 9 days ago · Twitter

Vaccinated for what? Infections are low, no one is getting vaccinated it anymore.

Mysteriously Unnamed
Mysteriously Unnamed
5 · 9 days ago · Twitter

Proof of vaccination is ok. But proof of citizenship is racial. Wow what a crazy world we live in