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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Hundreds of NYC Union Workers Protest Vaccine Mandates, Threaten to Quit

Elad Eliahu reports from city hall where workers are refusing mandated COVID jabs

Over 500 nurses, educators, and other union workers gathered outside city hall in New York City on Wednesday afternoon to oppose vaccine mandates encouraged by federal, state, and local governments. 

Protestors spoke with Timcast about their concerns for personal freedom when it comes to medical care as well as the possibility of having to leave New York City and potentially their careers.  

“I don’t care anything about politics, let’s talk about human rights: they’re taking away our human rights,” said one healthcare worker, brandishing a sign that read “Medical Freedom.” 

“You wanna be vaccinated, it’s your choice. Don’t push it on me, because I’m not gonna be vaccinated,” said another union worker wearing a “Union Pride” T-shirt.  

“Nothing short of a gun to my head will make me get this vaccination,” a nearby protester interjected. 

A flier for the event deemed it to be the largest protest from rank and file union members in the city’s history. 

One union worker, clad in a shirt that read “I Identify as Vaccinated,” explained that his family immigrated to America from the Soviet Union in 1989 to escape tyranny. 

“I came here for freedom,” he said. “We came here to be free and to be able to choose and to live our life … I feel like I’m right back where I came from.” 

Recently, he said his family has expressed concerns over whether or not coming to the United States was a mistake. 

“Maybe there’s another place for us to go to,” he added. “Today, it’s not the country that we remember. 1989 and 2021 is like day and night.” 

Several workers said they would either have to quit their jobs or consider moving to a different state. 

“I might not have a choice,” one worker said. “I might have to move down south [and] start all over.”

“I’m leaving if this [mandate] goes through,” one woman said. “I will be quitting my job and leaving the UFT [United Federation of Teachers] union.” 

UFT represents nearly 200,000 educators who work in the New York City public school system. 

“My union isn’t supporting my choice to not get the mandate,” she said. “I think we should all have a choice in what we do and if others wanna get it it’s fine. But I don’t think I need to lose my job over that and lose my family over vaccine[s].”

The union member said she’ll be forced to get the injection by September: “So not only is it required, [there’s] short notice. There’s no way out, there’s no plan B: it’s get it or lose your job right now.” 

“By [Sept. 1], I have to get vaccinated,” another healthcare worker said. “I have never realized how much the government has control over us until this moment in my life.”

“I have no say, I have no right, I am not an American anymore,” she said, fighting back tears. 

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26 responses to “EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Hundreds of NYC Union Workers Protest Vaccine Mandates, Threaten to Quit”

  1. Uselose says:

    To all those people saying they should move south: Please do. Come to the land of the free while it still exists, and help us.

  2. Bsparks18 says:

    this is great!

  3. WeaponizedMemes says:

    Don’t walk. Make them fire you. At best your calling their bluff and at worst your putting the responsibility on them for the coming labor shortages and segregation that is coming because of this.

  4. Ldyhorse says:

    Vaccine mandate will get a “FU” from me too. If my place of employment states we have to be vaccinated to work there, I walk. No one is going to tell me what I have to put into my body, PERIOD.

  5. jonesr32754 says:

    Great way to end the broadcast with the poster of Declaration of Independence – great job on reporting

  6. Cristiano says:

    On the ground with Elad! Glad Tim recognized your great work. Thanks for showing us what’s going down, brotha. Also happy you didn’t have to deal with anyone trying to block your filming this time around.

  7. c0de6349 says:

    Please change the name to TCN from “timcast news” it sounds dumb and egotistical.

  8. 99centfury says:

    We need to raise our children to have more “fuckyou” in our hearts and I think we have a chance

  9. Georgiegirl1216 says:

    Good job. Straight to the point no opinion on your side good job.

  10. AdeptDS says:

    DO NOT QUIT, let them fire you so you have a better legal claim later.

  11. Tom Collins says:

    This is great. Good video reporting and a well written follow up report, hitting the high points of the video. Looking forward to more.

  12. Southport says:

    It is inspiring to see regular folks standing up to tyranny.

  13. CaptainHowdy3327 says:

    Very good and insightful reporting. Thank you for getting on the ground real world views from everyday people. Keep it clear that it doesn’t matter the city or state, Americans are feeling similarly about the current state of affairs.

  14. rachelgrabow says:

    Awesome coverage! So good to see people standing up and pushing back.

  15. Stromburg says:

    September 7th shutdown America protest

  16. WeaponizedMemes says:

    All I can add here is that I recommend people DO NOT quit their jobs over this…. make your employer FIRE you before you quit. On one hand it’s calling their bluff, on the other hand it’s putting the ownership of the coming labor crisis on THEM.

  17. WeaponizedMemes says:

    Nevermind, I had a tracker blocker enabled and it prevented the video from playing.

  18. DemonEyesJason says:

    These are the working class. And the people that say they are for the working class are the ones mandating this on these people.

  19. LeeHarvey says:

    Excellent on the scene reporting. Thanks Elad.

  20. WeaponizedMemes says:

    How do I watch the video?

  21. Gimme says:

    I am happy to see Elad is working with the Tim crew. Great work out there!

  22. Psychlops says:

    Ive followed Elad for quite some time and he does an excellent job with on the ground reporting for a while happy to see him joining the team!

  23. Devon says:

    Wow , reporting for timcast ! …Noice….

  24. demfraz says:

    Bruh Timcast doing real on the ground reporting from real people. This is great!

  25. solidhalon says:


  26. axegarden says:

    more real-world timcast reporting, please!

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