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Southwest airlines has now caved to employee backlash after attempting to impose a vaccine mandate on its employees.

As CNBC reports:

Southwest Airlines has scrapped a plan to put unvaccinated employees who have applied for but haven’t received a religious or medical exemption on unpaid leave starting by a federal deadline in December.

Southwest Airlines and American Airlines are among the carriers that are federal contractors and subject to a Biden administration requirement that their employees are vaccinated against Covid-19 by Dec. 8 unless they are exempt for medical or religious reasons. Rules for federal contractors are stricter than those expected for large companies, which will allow for regular Covid testing as an alterative to a vaccination.

Executives at both carriers in recent days have tried to reassure employees about job security under the mandate, urging them to apply for exemptions if they can’t get vaccinated for medical or for a sincerely held religious belief. The airlines are expected to face more questions about the mandate when they report quarterly results Thursday morning. Pilots labor unions have sought to block the mandates or sought alternatives like regular testing.

Southwest’s senior vice president of operations and hospitality, Steve Goldberg, and Julie Weber, vice president and chief people officer, wrote to staff on Friday that if employees’ requests for an exemption haven’t been approved by Dec. 8, they could continue to work while following mask and distancing guidelines until the request has been reviewed.

The company is now extending its deadline until November 24th and will allow those who aren’t granted exemptions to continue working.


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Barbara
Barbara
1 month ago

Not fair we people are having to go thru. Welcome to commie land. I never thought our country to go so low.

Daisydukes
Daisydukes
1 month ago
Reply to  Barbara

It only took democrat control to bring us to a new low.

CHRISTIE WAGNER
CHRISTIE WAGNER
1 month ago

May this become the precedent to a tidal wave. Power to the people!

Daisydukes
Daisydukes
1 month ago

I believe it could if people will only stand together and stop complying.

Dan Tyree
Dan Tyree
1 month ago
Reply to  Daisydukes

That’s for all issues. The government can only do what we allow

grin n bear it
grin n bear it
1 month ago

2022 vote the scum out of office.then change the LAW,
no more benefits for crooks.
Laws created by congress,applies to congress and the people,
per Constituiton

Omega 2
Omega 2
1 month ago

QUESTION HERE: DO YOU WANT VACINATED PILOTS IN THE COCKPIT “WHO LIKE THE PILOT OF THE SHOT GOT SICK AT 30+ THOUSAND FEET” and luck was with the CREW that the CO-PILOT GOT THEM DOWN SAFELY! AS FOR ME, NO WAY, AND NO MORE FLIGHTS WITH THE ” IDIOTS MANDATE ” IN THE WHITE HOUSE BASEMENT! TIME TO ARTICLE 25 HIM FOR INEPTATUDE TO MAKE SOUND JUDGMENTS HERE!