Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot was booed at the annual fundraiser for the plumbers’ union on Sunday over her vaccine mandate forcing city workers to report their vaccination status or be placed on unpaid leave.
Video captured the moment Lightfoot was met with the resounding sound of boos as she was introduced to speak at the annual event to raise money for the political action committee.
The Plumbers Union Local 130 was the first union to endorse Lightfoot during the 2019 runoff election against Toni Preckwinkle.
The video shows Jim Coyne, the union’s business manager, introducing Lightfoot to an eruption of boos as she took the podium.
‘I knew that was going to happen,’ a person off camera is heard saying.
‘That’s f**king brutal,’ another said in the video.
Video recorded the moment when Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot was booed off stage at a fundraising event for the plumbers’ union over the weekend
Lightfoot was introduced by Jim Coyne, the union’s business manager, when a loud eruption of boos broke out as she took the podium on Sunday
An anonymous attendee told The Chicago Sun Times that the mayor was ‘booed off the stage.’
They said that Lightfoot: ‘Spoke for less than a minute. And there was a resounding booing throughout the room. Almost deafening, … I was sitting at the table with a bunch of plumbers. They’re like, `We’ve never heard that before here.’ … Clearly, their membership is not with her. … They were calling her names. It was bad.’
Pat McCarthy, the plumbers’ union’s recording secretary, noted Lightfoot was booed but insisted that the disapproval did not come from the union.
‘I was there when she was speaking. There were a couple of people in the corner that booed. But it was nothing significant. And it didn’t disrupt the event at all,’ McCarthy said.
‘I would have to suspect whoever was booing at that event was not a member of this local. … We respect her and we have no problems with the mayor.’
Union President Jim Majerowicz was downstairs counting money for the Bears’ game versus Tampa Bay Buccaneers pool when Lightfoot took the stage.
‘I didn’t hear nothin’ … I was in a different room, so I can’t say,’ Majerowicz said. ‘You’re telling me some shocking stuff. I find it hard to believe.’
The plumbers’ union was the first union to endorse Lightfoot in 2019. The union’s recording secretary Pat McCarthy said: ‘whoever was booing at that event was not a member of this local’
But the mayor has been met with opposition from city workers- especially from police- for her vaccine mandate.
Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) President John Catanzara told Fox News that many first responders, firefighters and labor unions strongly oppose the mandate.
Catanzara has urged police officers to file for exemptions to get vaccinated or simply ignore the order.
Lightfoot is following other local officials throughout the country who are requiring city employees to be vaccinated or submit to frequent coronavirus testing.
In September, President Joe Biden announced that the White House would require all federal workers to be vaccinated or submit to weekly testing.