Nov 25, 2021 – The big three automakers and United Auto Workers say unionized workers don’t need COVID-19 vaccinations.
The statement by the COVID-19 Joint Task Force from UAW, Ford, General Motors and Chrysler’s parent company Stellantis stated that workers are encouraged, but not required, to get vaccinated.
“In addition to encouraging members to disclose their vaccination status, the task force continues to urge all members, staff and their families to get vaccinated and booster vaccinations for COVID-19, being aware that there are personal reasons to which may discourage some members from being vaccinated, such as health problems or religious beliefs, “the statement said.
Masking is still required on construction sites.
“Although masks can be inconvenient, the proliferation of the delta variant and recent data showing continued high transmission rates in some geographic areas continue to pose serious health concerns,” the statement said.
The stance of auto workers and auto companies collides with the Biden government, which wants companies with more than 100 employees to require vaccinations.
This policy has been put on hold while facing legal challenges that are likely to reach the US Supreme Court.
The UAW has more than 400,000 active members and 580,000 retired members in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico.
Stellantis ordered non-union employees in the US last week to disclose vaccination status by December 4th and be fully vaccinated by January 5th, The Detroit News reported. Ford gave “most” employees a similar mandate. General Motors has not yet given its employees a mandate in the United States.
All three auto companies have mandated vaccines for auto workers in Canada.