October 15, 2021

Boeing news: Aerospace giant institutes COVID vaccine mandate for employees

SEATTLE — The Boeing Co. has informed employees they have to be vaccinated towards COVID-19 or probably be fired.

The Seattle Instances reviews the deadline for employees on the aerospace giant is Dec. 8.

“Compliance with these requirements is a condition of employment,” states a Boeing inside presentation from Tuesday considered by the newspaper. “Employees who are unable to meet these requirements … may be released from the company.”

Employees can request exemptions “due to a disability or sincerely held religious belief.” Any worker granted such an exemption should “undergo frequent testing for COVID-19” and be able to “present a negative test result upon request.”

The coverage will apply to roughly 125,000 U.S.-based employees company-wide, with about 57,000 of these in Washington state.

Jon Holden, president of Worldwide Affiliation of Machinists (IAM) District 751, in his message to members within the October challenge of the union paper, wrote that “the reality is our members are polarized on this issue.”

“It is our responsibility to defend and advocate for all our members,” Holden added. And although he famous that he and his household are vaccinated, the union should additionally defend “those who can’t or won’t accept the vaccine.”

The white-collar union, the Society of Skilled Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA), mentioned in a press release Tuesday it’s participating with Boeing “to ensure implementation gives proper consideration to members’ concerns.”

Boeing might face extra resistance to the brand new coverage in Republican-controlled states.

On Monday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued an govt order barring non-public corporations or some other entity from requiring vaccines.

Boeing has greater than 5,000 employees in Texas. It has about 32,000 extra at amenities in Alabama, Arizona, Missouri, Oklahoma and South Carolina.