Sep, 2023
Mandate: The Response of Public Safety Unions to COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates in a New Era of Polarization
Naval Postgraduate School (U.S.). Center for Homeland Defense and Security; Naval Postgraduate School (U.S.)
Tracey, Michael W.
From the thesis: "This thesis analyzes the reaction of public safety unions to the COVID vaccine mandates in their respective cities. It highlights existing academic literature on how unions behave organizationally, specifically the use of democratic infrastructure to represent their members' interest, how they balance dissent and minority interests within each union, and how they balance competing priorities (such as contractual terms and legislative priorities) within the organizations. This thesis examines the historical origins of police and firefighter unions and how they have behaved differently from that of the larger labor movement in the United States. The research section discusses the introduction of vaccine and vaccine mandates in Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York. The Chicago Fraternal Order of Police, Los Angeles' firefighter union United Firefighters of Los Angeles City (UFLAC), and the firefighter and fire officer unions in New York fought vaccine requirements with various strategies based on leadership and member decisions. Los Angeles and New York unions splintered into separate groups that fought the vaccine mandates on their own. The thesis found that numerous political and social changes in technology and the political arena have helped shape the way each union chose to respond to both the virus and vaccine mandate."
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    Tracey, Michael W.
  • Publishers
    Naval Postgraduate School (U.S.). Center for Homeland Defense and Security
    Naval Postgraduate School (U.S.)
  • Date
    Sep, 2023
  • Copyright
    Public Domain
  • Retrieved From
    Naval Postgraduate School, Dudley Knox Library:
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  • Source
    Cohort CA2101/2102
  • Subjects
    Vaccine mandates
    Labor unions
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