(Source: Fox News)
A New York City sanitation worker with 18 years on the job is trashing an offer by “uncaring” Mayor Eric Adams to rehire unvaccinated ex-municipal employees if they agree to get the COVID jab by a set deadline.
“We pick up garbage. We don’t see anybody. We don’t come in contact with anybody. There’s no reason we should be vaccinated…he’s holding our careers against us for no reason,” the unvaccinated Sean Kilcullen told Ashley Strohmier in an appearance Monday morning on “Fox & Friends First.”
Kilcullen, who is evidently one of about 6,000 workers whose application for a religious exemption, or another category of exemption, has still not been acted upon, claimed that Adams is “extorting” employees “as part of a numbers game during the segment Fox News headlined “Another ‘Shot’ at Work.”
“We’re just numbers to them. They don’t care if they fire us or not. We mean nothing to them.”
The new NYC mayor is turning out to be Bill de Blasio 2.0, he added, in what is perhaps the most damning criticism of all.
Kilcullen also implied that the job amnesty plan is an attempt to fend off litigation. That city faces lawsuits “all over the place” from fired city employees, the vast majority of whom, it turned out, worked in the department of education.
The nightlife-loving Adams ran for mayor as a pro-business, law-and-order Democrat, but he goes along with the woke agenda on most issues. According to one poll, Adams’ approval has collapsed to 29 percent as violent crime has not abated.
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“I was hopeful when he first came in because he said it was gonna be better than Bill de Blasio and he’s been worse. And I didn’t think that was possible. Everything he’s doing: From the NYPD, the subways, the city — it’s filthy, and now with this; he doesn’t care about us. He is making the city even worse than de Blasio did, and I didn’t think that was possible,” Kilcullen contended.
According to the New York Post, fully vaccinated workers can obtain reinstatement if they get the first shot by June 30 and the second one on or about August 15.
“I know more people lately who have COVID who were vaccinated. I’ve never had it. I’ve never been vaccinated… Why would I take a chance getting vaccinated? For what reason; it makes no sense,” he claimed.
Parenthetically, that list includes America’s perhaps most foremost vaccine hawk, the twice-boosted Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
Kilcullen disagreed with a statement from the Adams administration that “the goal has always been vaccination, rather than termination.”
“I think that’s a blatant lie,” he contended, insinuating that Adams’ ego might be a motivator. “They want to pad their numbers, saying that they’re the most vaccinated city in New York. No other city does this. New York State doesn’t do this. Why are we doing this? For what reason?”
He asserted some longtime employees who wanted to make it to at least 25 years on the job (rather than just the standard 20) have been forced to retire before reaching that milestone. “He’s holding a carrot over heads, saying ‘if you want your career, get vaccinated or else.'”
Kilcullen is adamant about not getting the jab, noting in this context that the Sunshine State could be a landing spot. “I have two years to retirement. If anything, I would just vest out and leave and go to Florida where everyone seems to be free and they think straight.”
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“He’s extorting us; that’s all it really is. It’s extortion,” Killcullen claimed about Adams at the beginning of the Fox News conversation.
According to the Sanitation Department website, “The current starting salary for Sanitation Worker is $40,622 per year and increases, incrementally, to $83,465 after 5 1/2 years of service. In addition to base wages, Sanitation Workers may also earn more depending on their assignment or overtime work.”
“Once you provide proof of full vaccination (both doses), you will be reinstated to your civil service title at your most recent salary within two weeks of submission of proof of full vaccination, with no change to benefits or break in service,” an NYC human resources official informed many of the ex-employees in a letter, the Post reported, except for the DOE workers, who are set to receive a similar memo later this summer
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