Putting the safety of air travelers at risk, United Airlines is preparing to fire a whopping 600 employees because they won’t get the COVID vaccine to satisfy the company vaccine mandate.
United has the strictest mandate of any other carrier, and routinely denies the requests for religious exemptions of its employees.
United said last week that nearly 600 of its employees missed the company deadline to provide proof of vaccine.
More than 96% of United’s 67,000-person U.S. workforce complied with the vaccine requirement. The deadline to upload proof of inoculation, or the first shot if receiving a two-dose vaccine, was late Monday.Trending:
Roughly 2,000 United employees sought exemptions from the mandate, which the airline announced this summer, for religious or medical reasons. The Chicago-based airline had said staff to whom it grants such exemptions will be placed on temporary unpaid leave.
“And we know for some, that decision was a reluctant one. But there’s no doubt in our minds that some of you will have avoided a future hospital stay — or even death — because you got vaccinated,” United’s CEO, Scott Kirby, and the company’s president, Brett Hart, told employees in a note Tuesday.
If United fires this many employees at once, this by necessity would undermine their ability to safely perform the job of ferrying millions of customers around the world.
How long will it be before people begin suing these companies for these obviously illegal vaccine mandates?
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