The Los Angeles Police Protective League (LAPPL), the union representing Los Angeles Police Department officers, recently had its temporary restraining order (TRO) request against the city’s vaccination mandate denied by an L.A. Superior Court judge.
LAPPL’s lawsuit alleged unfair labor negotiations related to the vaccination mandate for municipal employees and stated that the city failed to negotiate in good faith by withholding information about the city’s testing contractor, Bluestone. According to the union, the city did not disclose information about the company’s contractual obligations, experience level, selection process and more.
In its argument for a restraining order, LAAPL stated that officers would suffer “irreparable harm” if the mandate was not stopped and that the city’s claims of an emergency were baseless.
Ultimately, Judge Mitchell Beckloff denied the request for a TRO against the directive, saying the union did not provide enough evidence of any immediate harm if a TRO was not granted. The judge did not explain the reasoning behind his decision in court records recently made available online. The judge must still rule on a related request for a preliminary injunction, which would halt the mandate for officers while a lawsuit the union filed against the city over the rollout of the vaccine requirement goes forward. The injunction is scheduled for December.
Under the city’s mandate, all city employees, including police officers, must be fully vaccinated by December 18 unless they receive a medical or religious exemption and agreed in the run-up to the deadline to submit to regular COVID-19 testing if they are unvaccinated. Through December 18, unvaccinated employees have to submit to twice-a-week COVID-19 tests, and $65 per test will be deducted from their paychecks.
Mayor Eric Garcetti told ABC 7 that the mandate was “critical to protecting the health and safety of our workforce and the Angelenos we serve.”