Vaccinations Voluntary for UAW Members
Nov 25, 2021 — The Massive Three automakers and the United Auto Staff say unionized staff won’t be required to have COVID-19 vaccinations.
The assertion from the COVID-19 Joint Process Power of UAW, Ford, Normal Motors, and Chrysler’s dad or mum firm, Stellantis, stated staff 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 stop 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 information 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 firms conflicts with the Biden administration, which needs 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 Court docket.
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 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 the same 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.