United Airlines mandates Covid-19 vaccines for all US employees

CNN Business — United Airlines will join the growing list of companies that are requiring employees get vaccinated against Covid-19, the first major US airline to implement such a mandate.

A United executive said it was not considering a similar rule for passengers, and that any such requirement would be a decision for the government.

The airline set a late October deadline for US-based employees to prove vaccination status and said it could move earlier if a vaccine receives full federal approval sooner. Any employee who refuses to show proof of vaccination will be fired unless they can provide proof of religious or medical reasons for not getting vaccinated.

A United spokesperson said the airline will consider on a case-by-case basis employees who seek those health or religious exemptions, and that those employees granted exemptions will have to always wear masks.

United said while it has had discussions with its unions on the new rules it has not reached agreements with them.

United had 80,000 employees on staff as of June 30, according to a company filing, and 85% are represented by unions. After deep job cuts during the pandemic, United and other airlines have been hiring this summer to meet the surge in leisure travel and the hoped-for rebound in business travel this fall.

Vaccine requirements by employers are becoming common. Among the other companies that have announced similar moves for some or all of its employees are Google (GOOG), Disney (DIS), Facebook (FB), Goldman Sachs (GS), Morgan Stanley (MS), Netflix (NFLX), Tyson (TSN) Foods and Walmart, the nation’s largest private-sector employer.

Walmart is requiring proof of vaccination only for corporate employees, not employees in its stores. And some of those employers, such as the tech companies and banks, have few unionized employees.

Some of the other companies with vaccine mandates, such as Tyson and Disney, are in the process of negotiating their mandates with their unions.

Labor law covering the private sector requires changes in work conditions for represented employees to be reached through collective bargaining agreements. And some unions, while urging members to get vaccinated, have opposed vaccine mandates as a condition of employment. Click here to read the source article vaccine Original Article
By Gregory Wallace and Chris Isidore

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