The president of the largest health care union in the. U.S. says the union plans to fight mandated Covid-19 vaccines for employees. That's according to Epoch Times.
The New York-based 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East represents 400-thousand nurses and caregivers across several states, including New Jersey, Florida, Washington, Maryland, and Massachusetts.
George Gresham, president of the union reportedly says hospital systems don’t have the right to mandate vaccines for employees.
Whether there is a legal challenge that we can make, or whether it’s just a pure organizational challenge that we can make, we are not going to just give in. [Employees] have the right to make their decision about their own health.George Gresham, President of 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East
The union announcement comes on the heels of several large hospitals mandating the Covid-19 vaccine for its employees.
In one case, Texas hospital workers filed a lawsuit against their Houston employer to fight a vaccine mandate. The District Judge sided with the hospital. Over 150 hospital workers were let go as a result of the hospital's vaccine ultimatum, including many who had already had Covid-19 and, according to studies, would receive no benefit from Covid-19 vaccination. The case in currently on appeal.