NYC Mayor De Blasio suspects trash is piling up on city streets due to sanitation silent protest against his vaccine mandate

On October 20, 2021, New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio announced that all municipal employees will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with their first dose by 5 p.m. October 29, 2021 or be placed on unpaid leave.

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“It’s a mandate now for all city agencies, all city workers. It’s time for everyone to get vaccinated,” Mayor De Blasio said

In recent days since the announcement, city workers have protested in the streets of New York City and in front of the NYC Mayor’s mansion (Gracie Mansion). 

President of Teamsters Local 831 Harry Nespoli, whose union represents the sanitation workers, said that workers in certain areas feel strongly about the mandate New York City Mayor De Blasio has implemented and thus workers are slowing down on their sanitation pickups. 

“Look, you’re going to have some spots in the city that they feel very strongly about this,” Nespoli said.

Nespoli continued, “I’ll tell you straight out: I disagree with the mandate because of one reason. We have a program in place right now in the department, which is, you get the vaccination or you get tested once a week.”

Images of trash pile-ups are showing up across New York City.

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