Unionized Workers Won’t Have to Get COVID-19 Vaccine, Automakers Decide
November 25, 2021 | Michigan
A major union and three large automakers announced an agreement this week that includes not mandating COVID-19 vaccination.
Ford, General Motors, and Stellantis are asking members of the United Auto Workers (UAW) union to share whether they’ve had a shot, but are not requiring them to do so at this time, the four parties announced in a joint statement.
“In addition to encouraging members to disclose their vaccination status, the task force continues to urge all members, coworkers, and their families to get vaccinated and get booster vaccinations against COVID-19, while understanding that there are personal reasons that may prevent some members from being vaccinated, such as health issues or religious beliefs,” the statement said.
The parties together formed what they called the COVID-19 Joint Task Force to hammer out a pact concerning COVID-19 vaccines and related matters.
The task force is requiring all workers to wear masks, citing the spread of the Delta variant of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus and “recent data outlining the continued high rate of transmission in some geographic areas.” COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths are down significantly nationwide from the fall peak, but have risen in some regions. Michigan, where all three automakers have factories, has seen its metrics jump to the highest in the nation in recent weeks…(Excerpts from the Epoch Times)