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A trade group representing cargo airline companies is warning President Biden that Vaccination The mandate for workers could hurt operations before the peak holiday season, saying it would be “virtually impossible” to have the workforce fully vaccinated by the December deadline, and requesting an extension in 2022 .

In a letter to the White House Office of Management and Budget this week, Cargo Airline Association President Stephen Alterman warned that he and his organization had “significant concerns with the employer mandate announced on September 9, 2021, and the ability of industry members to Implement essential employee immunization by December 8, 2021.”


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“Association members are now entering (or have entered) their peak season, with operations to support our customer base and national economy as the annual holiday season approaches,” Alterman wrote. “This is in addition to our continued role in transporting critical medical supplies, vaccines and essential goods in response to the ongoing pandemic.”

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Alterman said that “to support these services,” members of the industry “will hire hundreds of thousands of temporary workers to meet our needs.”

Members of their group include UPS, FedEx, Atlas Air Worldwide and Amazon, as well as several regional and international airports.

“As a practical matter, we are extremely concerned that it will be nearly impossible to vaccinate 100% of our respective workforce by December 8th,” he warned. “This problem is compounded by the fact that we are already facing a worker shortage, both in the air and on the ground, and any loss of staff refusing vaccination will adversely affect essential operations. ”

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Alterman “respectfully” requested that members of the air cargo industry be “provided with flexibility” regarding the December 8 deadline for 100% employee vaccination.

“Shifting this date to the first half of 2022 will enable association members to meet the demands of the e-commerce revolution during the holiday season, as well as move towards a 100% vaccination standard in the new year.” wrote.

letter, first Received by Politico, was also shared with Jeffrey Ziants, the head of the White House Coronavirus Task Force and the “Safe Federal Workforce Task Force”.

Alterman’s letter comes after the president signed an executive order over the summer requiring all executive branch employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Biden also signed an order requiring businesses with more than 100 workers to mandate coronavirus vaccinations.

Biden also signed an executive order on September 9, requiring federal contractors to mandate vaccinations and ensuring workers are fully vaccinated by December 8.

Alterman’s warning also comes amid supply chain bottlenecks that the Biden administration has sought to end in recent days.

The White House has applauded the “serious progress” made in the days following Biden’s efforts to keep ports in California operating 24 hours a day.

The White House announced Tuesday that the Union Pacific Railroad will serve the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, and will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help move the backlog of containers.

Last week, the White House announced that the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach would become 24/7 operations, along with commitments from the largest carriers of cargo — walmart, fedex And UPS — as part of the Biden administration’s efforts to address supply chain bottlenecks, strengthen supply chain resilience, and reduce shipping backlogs.

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But the number of ships waiting to enter those ports hit a record high on Monday, with a total of 157 vessels waiting at ports in Los Angeles and Long Beach, data from the Maritime Exchange showed. As of Monday, 100 ships were at anchor and 57 were at berth.

but as Backlog grows in California ports With a record number of container ships waiting at sea, the port of Savannah is also beginning to see crowds as about two dozen ships wait off the Georgia coast.

Retailers and the White House issued a stern warning to consumers regarding holiday shopping, urging them to buy gifts early as the shipping crisis hits production.

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Supply chain issues are a source of growing concern as global economies try to meet and overcome rising demand COVID-19 global pandemic.

Lack of basic household goods such as toilet paper, raw materials needed for manufacturing and critical technical components such as semiconductors have contributed to the rise in prices for consumers.