(TargetLiberty.org) – Hundreds of United Airlines workers are facing termination as the company stands firm on its controversial vaccine mandate. Unless vaccine holdouts comply with the directive by the end of their termination proceedings, United says it’s going to start dismissing them.
United Airlines is terminating about 600 employees for refusing to comply with its vaccination requirement, the company announced.https://t.co/j3HF96c5GY
— The New York Times (@nytimes) September 29, 2021
On September 28, United chief executive Scott Kirby and president Brett Hard sent a memo to staff telling them that they had made the “incredibly difficult decision” to fire anyone who still has not complied with the vaccine mandate. Out of United’s 67,000 employees, 593 initially refused to be vaccinated and many more have asked for exemptions on religious or medical grounds. United had planned to send those asking for religious exemptions on unpaid leave from October 2, but due to legal challenges that date has been moved to October 15.
United says the targeted employees can keep their jobs if they get vaccinated before they are officially terminated. On September 30, United Airlines said the number of employees refusing to vaccinate has dropped to about 320. All others have either received the vaccine or applied for exemptions.
Meanwhile, the airline is doubling down on its pro-vaccine policy. A spokesman says United plans to hire 25,000 people in the next few years, and they’re only going to take on vaccinated candidates.
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