U.S. Airlines Readying Vaccine Mandates Due to Contractor Status

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U.S. Airlines Readying Vaccine Mandates Due to Contractor Status

From Business Travel News by Michael B. Baker

American Airlines, Alaska Airlines and JetBlue all are implementing Covid-19 vaccine mandates for employees in light of recent guidance from the White House that federal contractors must be vaccinated by Dec. 8.

U.S. President Joe Biden last month announced in a set of executive orders that his administration would require companies with more than 100 employees to have their employees either vaccinated or undergo weekly testing for Covid-19. For federal contractors, however, there is no option for testing.

Some of the largest pilot unions in the United States have been pushing back against vaccine mandates, including both the Allied Pilots Association, which represents American's pilots, and the Southwest Pilots Association.

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