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 Job Pressure of UAW, Ford, Normal Motors, and Chrysler’s mum or dad firm, Stellantis, mentioned staff are inspired however not mandated to get vaccinated.
“Along with encouraging members to reveal their vaccination standing, the Job Pressure 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, akin to well being points or spiritual beliefs,” the statement mentioned.
Masking will nonetheless be required on worksites.
“Whereas it’s understood that masks may be uncomfortable, the unfold of the Delta variant and up to date information outlining the continued excessive fee of transmission in some geographic areas proceed to be a critical well being menace,” the assertion mentioned.
The stance by the autoworkers and the auto firms conflicts with the Biden administration, which desires firms with greater than 100 workers to mandate vaccinations.
That coverage has been put on hold whereas it faces authorized challenges which are 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 totally vaccinated by Jan. 5, The Detroit News reported. Ford issued an analogous mandate for “most” salaried staff. Normal Motors has not instituted a mandate but on its salaried U.S. workforce.
All three auto firms have mandated vaccines for autoworkers in Canada.