Southwest Airlines CANCELS plan to sack undisguised workers awaiting exemptions after refusing forced labor stoppages to massively disrupt flights – RT USA News

Southwest Airlines CANCELS plan to sack undisguised workers awaiting exemptions after refusing forced labor stoppages to massively disrupt flights – RT USA News

    La compagnie aérienne américaine Southwest a inversé le cap sur son mandat de vaccination des employés après une semaine de manifestations, de refus et de vols annulés.  Les travailleurs ne sont plus obligés de prendre des congés sans solde lorsqu'ils demandent des dérogations au mandat.

</p><div><p>Le transporteur de passagers n'obligera plus les employés en attente de décision sur une exemption religieuse ou médicale à l'ordonnance de vaccination obligatoire de l'administration Biden à prendre un congé sans solde jusqu'à ce que leur cas soit décidé, selon une note de vendredi obtenue par CNBC mardi.  Southwest a confirmé l'authenticité de la note, qui donne aux employés jusqu'au 24 novembre pour se faire vacciner ou demander une exemption.

Instead of unpaid leave, employees awaiting judgment on their exemptions will continue to receive a salary and may even continue to work ”like [Southwest] to coordinate[s] with them on the satisfaction of the requirements (vaccine or valid housing)“, Explains the note. Written by Senior Vice President of Operations and Hospitality Steve Goldberg and Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer Julie Weber, it reassures workers that they can continue working if their exemptions are not yet approved while they are still working. ‘They follow the masking and social distancing rules, and promises that staff can reapply if their exemption is denied if they have ” new information or circumstances [they] would like the Company to consider. »

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The memo’s release comes after days of protests outside Southwest headquarters in Dallas and rumors of a work stoppage among air traffic controllers and other employees. Southwest was forced to cancel thousands of flights last week – more than 1,000 in Sunday alone – although it refused to acknowledge what was behind the cancellations, in many cases blaming the weather despite clear skies. and sunny. Airports have been harassed by angry passengers as would-be travelers arrive to find their flights mysteriously canceled.

Eventually, even CEO Greg Kelly took to CNBC on Thursday to deny ever having ” been in favor of companies imposing this kind of mandate“, While continuing to assert that employee resistance had nothing to do with flight cancellations. President Joe Biden himself praised the company for adopting its vaccination mandate, categorically denying that employee resistance was contributing to the airline’s flight disruptions and insisting that the policy was rather ” move the dial to help eliminate disease. »

As a federal contractor, Southwest previously planned to put on unpaid leave of absence all unvaccinated employees who had not yet received medical or religious exemptions by December 8, after the company received a severe blow. not-so-sweet thumb of the Biden administration. Unlike small carriers, as part of the president’s tenure, he does not have the ability to allow employees to undergo weekly tests. As of last week, 56,000 Southwest employees had yet to fire.

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Competitor United Airlines adopted its own vaccine mandate in August, even before Biden announced the federal rule, and has also threatened non-conformers with unpaid leave. However, a federal judge in Fort Worth has temporarily barred the airline from going ahead with the penalty. About 90% of the company’s staff would be vaccinated. Earlier this month, other U.S. carriers American Airlines, Alaska Airlines and JetBlue also boarded the Express Mandate, yielding to pressure from the Biden administration, which sees them as federal contractors and therefore ineligible to withdraw from the jab.

Biden revealed his intention to impose a vaccination mandate on all companies with more than 100 employees last month through the Occupational Health and Safety Administration. However, the mandate has yet to be implemented and a number of companies – as well as some state and local authorities – have already vowed to ignore it. Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Florida Governor Rick DeSantis have both introduced measures banning vaccination warrants in their states.

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