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Boeing will require its 125,000 U.S. employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19

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WASHINGTON, Oct 12 (Reuters) – Boeing Co (BA.N) stated on Tuesday it will require its 125,000 U.S. employees to be vaccinated by Dec. 8 below an govt order issued by President Joe Biden for federal contractors.

“Boeing is requiring its U.S.-based employees to either show proof of vaccination or have an approved reasonable accommodation (based on a disability or sincerely held religious belief) by Dec. 8,” the most important U.S. planemaker stated.

The Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA) union stated it was “talking with employers to ensure implementation gives proper consideration to members concerns, health issues and abides by the provisions of our negotiated contracts.”

Just over 5,000 Boeing employees are in Texas, the place Republican Governor Greg Abbott issued an govt order on Monday barring COVID-19 vaccine mandates by any entity, together with personal employers. learn extra

“Due to the Texas EO, the Boeing vaccination requirement announced today does not apply to local sites immediately. However, once these sites become covered under the Biden EO, we expect that they will subject to the vaccination requirement,” a Boeing spokeswoman stated.

Major U.S. airways have stated they will additionally meet the deadline imposed on federal contractors, together with American Airlines (AAL.O), Southwest Airlines Co (LUV.N), JetBlue Airways Corp (JBLU.O) and Alaska Airlines (ALK.N), as has plane components producer Spirit AeroSystems (SPR.N).

The White House introduced the Dec. 8 deadline for employees of federal contractors final month and the necessities are anticipated to cowl hundreds of thousands of employees.

Government contractors International Business Machines Corp (IBM.N) and Raytheon Technologies Corp (RTX.N) have additionally stated they will require all U.S. employees to be vaccinated. The White House is including clauses to future authorities contracts mandating inoculations.

Steve Cave, a King & Spalding legal professional who makes a speciality of authorities contracts, instructed Reuters final month he expects the order will have an effect on tens of hundreds of thousands of U.S. staff or extra.

The Labor Department individually plans to situation an emergency short-term commonplace (ETS) requiring employers with greater than 100 staff to have them inoculated or examined weekly – a coverage anticipated to cowl greater than 80 million staff.

But that has nonetheless not gone to the White House regulatory workplace for assessment, suggesting the ETS remains to be not less than weeks away.

Reporting by David Shepardson and Eric Johnson; Editing by Chris Reese and Peter Cooney

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