Nov 25, 2021 — The Huge Three automakers and the United Auto Employees say unionized employees won’t be required to have COVID-19 vaccinations.
The assertion from the COVID-19 Joint Process Power of UAW, Ford, Basic Motors, and Chrysler’s guardian firm, Stellantis, stated employees are inspired however not mandated to get vaccinated.
“Along with encouraging members to reveal their vaccination standing, the Process Power 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 which will forestall some members from being vaccinated, equivalent to well being points or non secular 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 knowledge outlining the continued excessive price 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 needs corporations with greater than 100 workers 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 energetic 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 totally vaccinated by Jan. 5, The Detroit News reported. Ford issued an analogous 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.