Today, we filed an Emergency Application to the United States Supreme Court on behalf of NYC public school teachers opposing Mayor de Blasio & NYC Health Commissioner Dr. Dave Chokshi’s unconstitutional vaccine mandate.
Absent intervention from the US Supreme Court, in less than two days, thousands of public-school employees will be forced out of work by de Blasio and Chokshi through a vaccine mandate that allows no exceptions or option for weekly Covid-testing. Weekly testing is available for cops and firefighters who are in regular contact with far more vulnerable people than schoolchildren who are less likely to become seriously ill from Covid.
We hope that Justice Sotomayor will grant this stay as thousands of school teachers will lose 1) their livelihoods if they are without pay and cannot work anywhere else, 2) their ability to serve the children of New York City, and, 3) their seniority.
As of the time of this filing, only 80% of the DOE’s 148,000 employees had uploaded proof of vaccination, meaning that de Blasio and Choskhi will bar as many as 10,000 public school teachers from the classrooms.
Justice Sotomayor should grant the injunction after nearly two years of lockdowns, to prevent the largest public-school system in the country from further disrupting the education of hundreds of thousands of students who desperately need in-person teachers.
As a firm that believes in protecting civil liberties, we had to challenge the City, even if that meant taking this to the United States Supreme Court.
You can view the U.S. Supreme Court docket here
Or, you can directly read our application below.