Nov 25, 2021 — The Huge Three automakers and the United Auto Employees say unionized staff won’t be required to have COVID-19 vaccinations.
The assertion from the COVID-19 Joint Activity Drive of UAW, Ford, Basic Motors, and Chrysler’s mum or dad firm, Stellantis, stated staff are inspired however not mandated to get vaccinated.
“Along with encouraging members to reveal their vaccination standing, the Activity Drive continues to induce all members, coworkers, and their households to get vaccinated and get booster vaccinations towards COVID-19, whereas understanding that there are private causes that will stop some members from being vaccinated, equivalent to well being points or spiritual beliefs,” the statement stated.
Masking will nonetheless be required on worksites.
“Whereas it’s understood that masks might be uncomfortable, the unfold of the Delta variant and up to date information outlining the continued excessive charge of transmission in some geographic areas proceed to be a severe well being menace,” the assertion stated.
The stance by the autoworkers and the auto corporations conflicts with the Biden administration, which desires corporations with greater than 100 staff to mandate vaccinations.
That coverage has been put on hold whereas it faces authorized challenges which might be prone to attain the U.S. Supreme Courtroom.
The UAW has greater than 400,000 lively members and 580,000 retired members within the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico.
Stellantis final week ordered non-union, salaried staff within the U.S. to reveal vaccination standing by Dec. 4 and be absolutely vaccinated by Jan. 5, The Detroit News reported. Ford issued an analogous mandate for “most” salaried staff. Basic Motors has not instituted a mandate but on its salaried U.S. workforce.
All three auto corporations have mandated vaccines for autoworkers in Canada.