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 Activity Power of UAW, Ford, Common Motors, and Chrysler’s mother or father firm, Stellantis, stated staff are inspired however not mandated to get vaccinated.
“Along with encouraging members to reveal their vaccination standing, the Activity Power continues to induce all members, coworkers, and their households to get vaccinated and get booster vaccinations in opposition to COVID-19, whereas understanding that there are private causes that will forestall some members from being vaccinated, resembling well being points or spiritual beliefs,” the assertion stated.
Masking will nonetheless be required on worksites.
“Whereas it’s understood that masks will 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 risk,” the assertion stated.
The stance by the autoworkers and the auto corporations conflicts with the Biden administration, which desires corporations with greater than 100 workers to mandate vaccinations.
That coverage has been placed on maintain whereas it faces authorized challenges which can be 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 staff 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 analogous mandate for “most” salaried staff. Common Motors has not instituted a mandate but on its salaried U.S. workforce.
All three auto corporations have mandated vaccines for autoworkers in Canada.