SEATTLE — The Boeing Co. has informed staff they must be vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19 or probably be fired.
The Seattle Instances studies the deadline for workers on the aerospace big is Dec. 8.
“Compliance with these requirements is a condition of employment,” states a Boeing inner presentation from Tuesday considered by the newspaper. “Employees who are unable to meet these requirements … may be released from the company.”
Staff can request exemptions “due to a disability or sincerely held religious belief.” Any worker granted such an exemption should “undergo frequent testing for COVID-19” and be able to “present a negative test result upon request.”
The coverage will apply to roughly 125,000 U.S.-based staff company-wide, with about 57,000 of these in Washington state.
Jon Holden, president of Worldwide Affiliation of Machinists (IAM) District 751, in his message to members within the October situation of the union paper, wrote that “the reality is our members are polarized on this issue.”
“It is our responsibility to defend and advocate for all our members,” Holden added. And although he famous that he and his household are vaccinated, the union must additionally defend “those who can’t or won’t accept the vaccine.”
The white-collar union, the Society of Skilled Engineering Staff in Aerospace (SPEEA), stated in an announcement Tuesday it’s partaking with Boeing “to ensure implementation gives proper consideration to members’ concerns.”
Boeing might face extra resistance to the brand new coverage in Republican-controlled states.
Boeing has greater than 5,000 staff in Texas. It has about 32,000 extra at services in Alabama, Arizona, Missouri, Oklahoma and South Carolina.