Local 246 has received calls and emails from members ever since the mayor announced his mandate on COVID vaccinations for New York City employees. While employees do have the choice of getting vaccinated or submitting to weekly PCR testing, that’s where the choice ends. As of now, citywide unions, including Local 246, are working together under the auspices of the Municipal Labor Committee, to determine what penalties can be imposed on employees unwilling to comply as that falls under the terms of union contracts and must be negotiated. The city does have a right at this time, however, to mandate vaccinations or testing because COVID is a pandemic. This Frequently Asked Questions was distributed by the City. It is suggested that members read the FAQ in its entirety in order to fully understand but please keep in mind that the scope of this mandate is subject to change.