St. Paul Appeals Judicial Order That Cited City’s Vaccination Mandate an Overreach

Melvin Carter, the mayor of St. Paul, is contesting a court ruling that forbids the city from requiring COVID vaccinations for its personnel, including its police, firefighters, and other workers, without first engaging in collective bargaining with organized labor.

The St. Paul Police Federation and four other labor unions opposed the mayor’s vaccination requirement in court in separate legal papers. Judge Leonardo Castro of the Ramsey County District Court ruled on June 2 that the city had employed unfair labor practices, despite having the best of intentions.

According to Castro, the city’s decision to implement the rule last autumn was made “in the best interest of its workers’ and the public’s health and safety,” adding that “there was no malice, conspiracy, or employee targeting involved.”

Castro nevertheless criticized the city’s extensive vaccine mandate, calling it excessive overreach that “requires employees to renounce their personal liberty in the sake of protecting their livelihood.” The regulation does not enable employees to opt out if they regularly do COVID testing. The only exclusions from the city’s rules related to religious and medical reasons.

Carter implemented the vaccine mandate in October 2021, but it has been put on hold while the legal issues are worked out.

Last week, lawyers for St. Paul City Attorney Lyndsey Olson’s office filed legal appeals of Castro’s order, claiming that Minnesota’s Public Employment Labor Relations Act, or PELRA, which lists exceptions to the state statute’s mandatory bargaining requirement, gives the city “an inherent managerial right” to impose a vaccination policy. These exclusions cover both hiring and leading employees.

The St. Paul Police Federation, the International Association of Firefighters, and the Tri-Council, which is made up of Teamsters Local 120, International Union of Operating Engineers Local 49, and Laborers International Union of North America Local 363, filed three appeals in response to Castro’s order.

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