Court Reactions to Biden’s Order to OSHA
Now that the Sixth Circuit Court holds the fate of the Biden mandates in its power, there are many eyes on how the legal battles will be determined. Last week, the Fifth Circuit Court placed a stay on the OSHA ETS, halting it from being enacted as it faces numerous legal battles. Over 27 state attorney generals, and many civic and private organizations have filed lawsuits against the Biden mandate that prompted OSHA to write the new ETS.
Saginaw, MI Closes Schools Due to Vaccine Reactions
Last week, schools in Saginaw, MI had to close unexpectedly. According to a local news report:
At first, the blame might be leaning towards COVID-19, but a district spokesperson told ABC12 News that a large number of staff members had negative reactions to the COVID-19 booster that they received over the weekend.
Many other schools around the country are also closing their doors temporarily, citing staff shortages. While COVID cases, vaccine reactions, or reactions to vaccine mandates haven’t been stated as the reasons, most closures stem from states with the highest vaccination rates and mandates for state and local employees.
A Boulder, Colorado school district issued this statement after it had to close when 478 teachers requested off for the same day, November 12:
Like many industries across the country, the district is seeing unfilled vacancies for multiple positions in multiple departments. This includes special education teachers, nutrition, para educators, Before and After School (BASE), custodial, preschool, transportation, and guest (substitute) teachers.
We have a total of 143 vacant positions at this time, with the greatest numbers of vacancies in the para educator and guest teacher categories.
The district is hiring and working to recruit applicants for these open positions. As part of these efforts, the district recently increased pay for guest teachers.
Seattle, Washington schools faced a similar dilemma on the same day:
“As of last week, more than 600 educators had requested a substitute and additional requests came in this week,” Seattle Public Schools said in a statement to Fox News. “Based on historical patterns, it is likely many additional staff would take leave and not come in on Friday morning. With the current labor shortage of substitutes, and our current staffing levels, SPS does not have the capacity to ensure student safety and high-quality learning.”
Another Colorado school is taking closings one step further and closing the entire week of Thanksgiving:
Poudre School District is canceling school and closing district operations the entire week of Thanksgiving due to staffing shortages and to "provide some opportunities for respite" to staff, students, and families, according to a message sent Friday by Superintendent Brian Kingsley.
"Simply put, there aren’t enough people to provide the coverage needed to care for students across the district," he wrote, saying the district was anticipating existing staffing shortages would worsen close to the break.
"At the same time, we know that many of our staff, students and families are facing unique challenges. People are feeling worn down or downright exhausted."
Oroville, California Reacts to COVID Mandates, Votes to Become a Constitutional Republic
City council members in Oroville, California voted 6-1 for their city to become a constitutional republic making it a sanctuary city. The resolution cited the overreach of state and federal government for the need to separate itself and protect its citizens. Vice Mayor, Scott Thompson, stated in the comments of the resolution:
"The American culture and way of life is being challenged at its very core and perverted by radicalized politicians who have forgotten that, as a republic, the power belongs to the people."
California has faced many mandates, including the recent indication that Governor Newsome will be mandating the COVID vaccines for school children as they are approved. Oroville is a rural city 70 miles north of Sacramento.
The resolution states that the city believes "in the separation of powers, individual rights, and the rule of law outlined in the United States Constitution, including the freedom for local government to have local control over issues related to the citizens who reside within the City’s jurisdictional boundaries."
Funding for the Executive Branch at Risk; House Caucus Reacts
With a December 3 deadline to fund the US government and avoid a shutdown, some House members are taking a stand. The below letter was penned to indicate the stated members would not vote to approve funding until the mandates are addressed and opposed.
With over 70% of unvaccinated workers vowing to quit if the mandates remain in place, healthcare workers, truck drivers, and supply chain workers, police, emergency response, and numerous other industries are at risk.