Nov 25, 2021 — The Large Three automakers and the United Auto Staff say unionized employees won’t be required to have COVID-19 vaccinations.
The assertion from the COVID-19 Joint Job Drive of UAW, Ford, Basic Motors, and Chrysler’s mum or dad firm, Stellantis, mentioned employees are inspired however not mandated to get vaccinated.
“Along with encouraging members to reveal their vaccination standing, the Job 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 forestall some members from being vaccinated, similar to well being points or non secular beliefs,” the assertion mentioned.
Masking will nonetheless be required on worksites.
“Whereas it’s understood that masks could be uncomfortable, the unfold of the Delta variant and up to date knowledge outlining the continued excessive fee of transmission in some geographic areas proceed to be a severe well being menace,” the assertion mentioned.
The stance by the autoworkers and the auto corporations conflicts with the Biden administration, which needs corporations with greater than 100 staff to mandate vaccinations.
That coverage has been placed on maintain whereas it faces authorized challenges which are more likely to attain the U.S. Supreme Court docket.
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 employees within the U.S. to reveal vaccination standing by Dec. 4 and be absolutely vaccinated by Jan. 5, The Detroit Information reported. Ford issued an identical mandate for “most” salaried employees. 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.