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Verizon says 30,000 U.S. employees must meet Dec. 8 vaccination deadline

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WASHINGTON, Oct 14 (Reuters) – Verizon Communications In (VZ.N) mentioned on Thursday that about 30,000 non-union U.S. employees must present proof of vaccination in opposition to COVID-19 by Dec. 8 underneath President Joe Biden’s federal contractor government order.

Verizon, a federal contractor, said itwas in discussions with its unions about vaccination necessities. Verizon mentioned retail employees and another employees must be vaccinated by Feb. 1. Contractors, distributors, guests and new hires who enter Verizon U.S. amenities must be absolutely vaccinated by Jan. 1.

Verizon mentioned some “home-based” Verizon Consumer Group are excluded. “At the moment, this does not apply to our union-represented employees as we are in discussion with the unions,” Verizon mentioned.

“While we respect that within our workforce there are people with different beliefs and perspectives related to COVID-19 and the vaccine, we must comply with the government’s requirements, including those for federal contractors.”

A rising variety of federal contractors are complying with the Dec. 8 deadline.

Union Pacific Corp (UNP.N), the highest U.S. railroad operator, mentioned on Wednesday it should require its 31,000 U.S. employees to be vaccinated.

Last month, U.S. passenger railroad Amtrak mentioned it should require practically all of its 18,000 employees be absolutely vaccinated by Nov. 22.

Boeing Co (BA.N), one other federal contractor, mentioned on Tuesday it should require its 125,000 U.S. employees to be vaccinated.

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

The White House introduced the Dec. 8 deadline for employees of federal contractors final month after Reuters reported it and the necessities are anticipated to cowl tens of millions of employees.

International Business Machines Corp (UNP.N) and Raytheon Technologies Corp have additionally mentioned they are going to require all U.S. employees to be vaccinated.

Reporting by David Shepardson; modifying by Jonathan Oatis and David Gregorio

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