Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, a so-called Republican, signed an executive order on August 19th requiring proof of vaccination for state employees by October 17th.
A major police union attempted to sue to delay the deadline, but a judge ruled against their request. In response, the state troopers’ union leader has revealed that dozens of troopers are resigning.
On September 27th, State Police Association of Massachusetts President Michael Cherven released a statement about the resignations, which read:
“We are disappointed in the judge’s ruling; however, we respect her decision. It is unfortunate that the Governor and his team have chosen to mandate one of the most stringent vaccine mandates in the country with no reasonable alternatives.
Throughout COVID, we have been on the front lines protecting the citizens of Massachusetts and beyond. Simply put, all we are asking for are the same basic accommodations that countless other departments have provided to their first responders, and to treat a COVID related illness as a line of duty injury.
To date, dozens of troopers have already submitted their resignation paperwork, some of whom plan to return to other departments offering reasonable alternatives such as mask wearing and regular testing. The State Police are already critically short staffed and acknowledged this by the unprecedented moves which took troopers from specialty units that investigate homicides, terrorism, computer crimes, arsons, gangs, narcotics, and human trafficking, and returned them to uniformed patrol.”
An attorney for the State Police Association of Massachusetts has revealed that about 20% of Massachusetts State Police employees are unvaccinated.