The Phoenix metro area experienced a massive increase in population, which changed the political partisanship ratio from Heavy Red to Purple almost overnight.
The city council moved to the left and the city elected a liberal democratic mayor in 2019.
As a result, on November 18, the city of Phoenix argued that because they had a contract with the Federal government, they had to act as a federal contractor, performing the Biden COVID-19 vaccine mission, requiring requires all City of Phoenix employees to be vaccinated. on January 18, 2022, as outlined in Presidential Executive Order 14042.
DISCLAIMER: Phoenix City says all employees must be vaccinated by January 18, 2022.
“Employees who fail to comply with the COVID-19 vaccine requirement by January 18, 2022 will be contacted and subject to gradual disciplinary action up to and including termination,” a memo reads. know.
– Nicole Grigg (@NicoleSGrigg) November 19, 2021
Everything changed on December 7. The City of Phoenix paused their decision after a series of legal challenges and Tuesday’s ruling from a federal judge in Georgia.
On Tuesday, the city manager announced it was halting plans to implement a federal mandate requiring all city employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
Arizona’s attorney general tweeted his approval of the decision.
Good news for our first responders in Phoenix! Attorney Generals from across 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 face the COVID-19 pandemic, the safety of our employees and the maintenance of essential city services are our priorities. To meet those requirements, a constant is our flexibility. Today’s decision further reflects that flexibility,” said City Manager Jeff Barton.
“Since we were warned for the first time that city employees would be subject to the President’s Executive Order regulating the vaccination of federal contractors, we promised to monitor legal challenges. and adjust accordingly. While I continue to believe that vaccination is the best defense against COVID-19, we owe it to our employees to allow the legal process to take place. ”
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