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At least dozens of General Electric workers walked out of a South Carolina factory Thursday to protest a federal government mandate that mandated federal contract workers be vaccinated against the coronavirus.

About 100 people lined the street outside a GE plant in Greenville on Thursday, by state A handful of them are wearing GE uniforms and eventually moving away from the property.

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Protesters can be seen carrying signs “When or Job. No Mandate,” “My Body, My Choice,” and “We Support GE Employees.” One quoted Bible verse 2 Timothy 1:17, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of self-control.”

Two GE employees, Jason Owens and Shannon Harrill, said Greenville reported that the protests were directed at the vaccine mandate and not his company.

“We worked as an essential worker during the entire COVID pandemic,” said Harrill, who has worked for GE for nearly 20 years. “We needed to stay here or lose our jobs. Now you’re needing me to move here to live.”

A worker stands on the assembly line for a gas turbine at the General Electric Company (GE) power plant on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 in Greenville, South Carolina, US.  General Electric Co. is scheduled to release earnings figures on January.  20. Photographer: Luke Sharrett / Bloomberg via Getty Images

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Released by Greenville County Republican Party Statement adding that it stands in “solidarity with GE Power employees.”

President Biden signed an executive order in September that mandated federal contractors to be vaccinated and has since sued on the move.

Multiple reports and social media posts have shown GE workers in states across the country protesting the mandate, including GE locations Indiana And ohio.

Signage is displayed outside the General Electric Company (GE) power plant on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 in Greenville, South Carolina, US.  General Electric Co. is scheduled to release earnings figures on January 20.  Photographer: Bloomberg via Luke Sherrett/Getty Images

“As a federal contractor, GE is following an executive order that requires employees of federal contractors to be fully immunized against COVID-19,” a GE spokesperson told The State about the walkout. I told. “All GE US employees will be fully vaccinated or will receive medical or religious accommodation by December 8 as required in the order.”

GE did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Granthshala News.