On Monday October 24, 2022, 16 New York City Department of Sanitation Workers won a lawsuit against NYC, The Health Commissioner and the Mayor.
These people were fired from their jobs (and lost their pensions) for declining the covid vaccine mandated by the city a year ago. A NY Supreme Court Judge ruled that the vaccine mandate imposed on them was unconstitutional, arbitrary and capricious.
The Judge ordered that these workers be reinstated to their jobs immediately and stated they were entitled to back-pay starting from the date they were terminated.
A reporter named Aimee was the only journalist there to cover the reactions of these workers outside the courtroom, immediately after the ruling came down.
Below is a YouTube video she made of the Workers’ reactions after the ruling. I have excerpted some of their words below. (I don’t have their names, but all 16 Workers’ names are on the Judge’s Ruling on their case.)
“This was a Big Time Mind-Fuck. It completely disrupted our lives but we knew we’d be on the right side of history. They went way too far. As the judge said, so arbitrary and capricious, they were literally making shit up as they go.
They isolated us. It was really cruel. It really was. It changed my life forever. I’ll never trust the city again, the Department again, the union. They showed their true colors. The union’s job is to protect my job. And the union was nowhere to be found. The Union dismissed us because of our small number but what about the 1,000-1,500 who would never have taken it except for the threat of losing their jobs. You screwed them. “You made a choice.” No. You get to keep what you already have (the job) if you turn your medical decisions over to us? That’s coercion. That’s illegal.”
Two of the workers discuss how they felt “disposable” because by them being fired and replaced, it would be cheaper for the city.
“Tell us we’re selfish….for what? It doesn’t work. Everyone knows it doesn’t work. In December 2021 my garage of 180 guys. There was maybe 50 guys, all vaxxed and out with Covid. And they still terminated us. Are you kidding me? Evil. Pure evil….You give exemptions to athletes and performers and you continue to lay off city workers? Sick, evil shit. Evil people.”
They explained that they before they were terminated, they were on unpaid leave with health benefits. Then, the city suddenly presented them with a document to sign: It said they could keep their benefits but only if they gave up their right to sue the city.
“We were given 24 hours to sign the waiver, to make a life-altering decision. And there were no Union delegates.”
A Worker who moved to Georgia, but came back for the hearing said he felt like he was up against “a machine,” that there was “no human element.” He had put in 19 years as a city worker and had a rent stabilized apartment which he eventually could no longer afford. So he moved south. This father of three said, “This was the most stressful situation of my life, my wife and I cried a lot of tears.”
Mention was made of the $500 and 8 hours of comp time Workers were offered to take the shot. “I thought bribes were illegal.“
Another worker discussed how the city gets his body in terms of picking up the trash only, and only during work hours:
“I get to keep my body. What happens when I go home from work? What if I had a side effect? They act like that doesn’t exist! Hey, sweep it under the rug! People are getting hurt from this. If there is a risk of death, adverse reactions of any kind, how do you sit there and support this? It’s sinister. It’s demonic. And you take people’s jobs.”
(According to the CDC’s Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System–a voluntary reporting system known as VAERS–there were 1, 341,608 Adverse events among all age groups following covid vaccination, including 29,460 deaths and 243, 466 serious injuries between December 14, 2020 and July 8, 2020)
He goes on:
“How can I work amongst these people? I’m traumatized. This is the hardest thing I had to do in my life. It took a lot of courage and faith and listening to my intuition, my faith, ok? “There’s something wrong here. Stay away from this. It’s gonna be hard for you but you’re gonna find your way.”
And that’s what I did. I followed the thing inside me. I didn’t follow the TV, the media, the lie. I just listened to my inner voice. Everybody here probably did the same thing. I stuck to my convictions, my principles and my morals and my faith. “
And you were victorious. Congratulations.