Since many employers and the federal government encourage individuals to take the COVID-19 vaccine to help reduce the spread of the virus, some United Airlines employees are not on the same page and are opposed to receiving the vaccine. As a result, it puts their livelihoods at risk. As one percent of United’s employees have proven to be vaccinated, they have been forced to make tough decisions for the remaining less than one percent of vaccinated employees.
According to The Hill, United announced today that they will begin the process of laying off about 100 employees for failing to comply with their Covid-1 vaccine mandate. “It was an incredibly difficult decision, but keeping our team safe has always been our first priority,” United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby and President Bret Hart wrote in a memorandum addressed to staff. Although the decision is final, the staff is not going out without a fight.
Six percent of the vaccinated United workers, excluding workers seeking religious or medical exemptions, filed lawsuits against the airline last week. The reason for the lawsuit is outside the policy of keeping the employees of United on unpaid leave. However, it does not seem that United are too worried. The report said the agency had received a large number of applicants after announcing their vaccine requirements. United says potential applicants want to work in a safe environment.
United is the only U.S. airline that terminates its employees who do not comply with its vaccine requirements. Delta Airlines has decided to lay off but has introduced a $ 200 monthly surcharge for vaccinated employees, while American Airlines and Southwest Airlines only encourage their employees to be vaccinated. United employees will have the final opportunity to comply with the mandate during the separation process before it is formally terminated.
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