United Airlines will hearth greater than 200 workers for refusing to get vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19, the corporate’s CEO stated in a report Wednesday.
The agency — which introduced a vaccine mandate for workers in August — stated 232 of its 67,000 US workers missed the deadline and are being canned, CEO Scott Kirby informed CBS News.
“I wish we would have gotten to 100 percent but out of our 67,000 US employees, there are 232 who haven’t been vaccinated and they are going through the termination process now,” Kirby stated of the Chicago-based airline.
United was one of many first main US firms to announce a vaccine mandate, giving workers a deadline of late September to get jabbed.
After the mandate, Kirby stated he responded to pushback from workers who disagreed with the coverage with an “empathetic” versus argumentative method whereas nonetheless holding his floor.
“I tried not to argue with them about it,” he informed CBS. “We’re not going to win the arguments on this with people. And I respect that you have a different opinion but you now have a decision to make about whether you want to get vaccinated and stay at United or not.”
Kirby made the ground-breaking coverage resolution after a United pilot died of the virus in July, he informed CBS.
“The second time I got notified of an employee — it was a 57-year-old pilot that had passed away — I walked around for half an hour and finally called our team and said, ‘Enough is enough,’” he informed the outlet. “We can do something about this, we believe in safety.”
“And weeks later, we got 99.7 percent of our employees vaccinated,” he stated.
Kirby isn’t involved about Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s govt order this week barring non-public corporations within the state from mandating COVID-19 vaccines for workers — as a result of almost all United workers have already gotten the photographs, he stated.
“Because this is in the rear-view mirror for us, we don’t have to be as focused on what does this really mean in the short term because we already got everybody vaccinated,” he stated. “My responsibility is to try to do the right thing for United Airlines and what I think is safe.”
After United introduced the vaccine mandate in August, some rival firms reminiscent of Hawaiian Airlines and Frontier Airlines adopted.
President Biden’s vaccine mandate for federal contractors later compelled holdouts reminiscent of Southwest Airlines and American Airlines to undertake the coverage, too.
At least 2,000 United workers have been additionally exempted from the vaccine mandate for spiritual or medical causes, firm executives stated on Sept. 29. It wasn’t clear Wednesday if that quantity had elevated or decreased.