Thursday, Oct 21st, 2021
FEDS FOR FREEDOM
STATEMENT ON FEDERAL EMPLOYEE VACCINE MANDATES AND UNION INACTION
Feds For Freedom, an advocacy group representing thousands of federally regulated employees, has extended an invitation to all major federal employee unions to enter urgent discussions with us. Letters of concern have been sent, signed by members of each respective union to union leaders. As an example, the letter sent to PSAC was signed by over 1,200 of our PSAC affiliated members, with more joining every day.
Feds for Freedom is absolutely opposed to vaccine mandates – no matter the details of the policy – in principle. We believe in freedom of expression, open discussion and debate, that medical decisions ought to be examined without censorship or bias so that an individual can achieve informed consent; we believe that as every individual’s body and situation is different, allowing for government interjection into medical decisions between an individual and their health care provider sets a dangerous precedent; and we believe the right to medical privacy – and to be free from discrimination on that basis – is essential. Not only to us as a labour force, but to society as a whole.
Let us be perfectly clear: We are pro-informed consent; we believe that science is a process that evolves. Science requires constant review and acceptance of new discoveries as they arise – and these discoveries must be explored, without censorship or silence of discourse, even if they challenge the current narrative; we are not “anti-vaxxers”, but a community of both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals, seeking accuracy and truth in the collection and representation of data, so that everyone can make an accurate and informed decision for themselves; we are not opposed to vaccines in principle whatsoever, and most of us are fully vaccinated (aside from the COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) vaccine); we are opposed to the loss of body autonomy and the dangers this sets as a precedent for both workers and the public at large, as well as the loss of decades of work and progress in the labour movement through the sitting government’s actions.
In addition to representing those who are concerned about these vaccines due to the lack of important long-term efficacy and safety data at this time (sources: 1,2,3,4); and due to the lack of open debate surrounding new discoveries, adverse events and methods surrounding data collection; we also represent those who have received the vaccine under duress, doing so only to be able to continue supporting their families and identity as a servant of the Canadian people.
The mandates will have ripple-effects and unforeseen consequences – we can be certain of this. One need only keep a watchful eye to our neighbouring countries around the world to see the discordance this causes in society.
Feds for Freedom is not anti-science. We are pro-science and pro-open discussion and debate. Science meaning, arrival at data, theories and conclusions via the application of the scientific method and further verified through a peer-review process which replicates and verifies or invalidates conclusions arrived at through the same methodology – especially where new data is discovered as time goes on.
We would argue that science is never settled as a rule. We would also argue that since the clinical trials on all the major available vaccines in Canada and the world are not still complete (sources: 5,6,7,8) science has not yet been given a chance to arrive at a conclusion with all the relevant data applied.
We are particularly dismayed by the major federal employee unions and their complete inaction on this front. This is effectively volunteering the consent of their members. We certainly hope that they will accept our invitation to talk, and to move together in solidarity on this action.
We must stand together. We must be made whole.
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