Lawmakers oppose firing of non-vaccinated workers after US spends billions to keep airlines afloat
First on Granthshala: Top GOP House lawmakers on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on Thursday asked President Biden to reverse his COVID-19 mandate and warned it could have an adverse effect on the airline industry.
In a letter obtained by Granthshala News to the president, Representative Sam Graves, R-Mo., ranking member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and ranking member of the Aviation Subcommittee Garrett Graves, R-La. expressed “grave concern” at White. Domestic pressure on American Airlines.
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“The administration’s decision to target and encourage firing of passenger air carrier employees for a COVID-19 vaccine mandate must have no basis in any COVID-related statute passed by Congress,” the pair wrote.
letter comes after reports emerged last week that suggested the White House was putting extra pressure on top airlines to implement a vaccine mandate for all employees.
Last month, the president signed an executive order requiring all executive branch employees to be vaccinated against the coronavirus.
But in addition, Biden signed an order that requires businesses with more than 100 workers to have coronavirus vaccinations mandatory.
Most federal workers will need to be vaccinated by November 22, while government contractors will have until December 8 to get the shots or facial elimination.
Businesses with 100 or more employees are still waiting for Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations before vaccine mandates on private companies are officially implemented.
White House coronavirus response coordinator Jeffrey Ziants reportedly met with executives from top airlines such as Delta, American and Southwest last week to push them to implement the mandate for all employees by December 8.
“This unilateral mandate and arbitrary deadline will only serve to disrupt airline operations and increase the likelihood of canceled flights, upsetting vacation plans for thousands of Americans, many of whom have lost their families since the start of the pandemic. Haven’t seen it,” the pair said.
Congressmen raised another issue with the potential for mass shootings if airline workers refuse vaccinations.
Members of the transportation committee pointed to “hundreds” of United Airlines employees who were terminated just months after Congress spent billions to keep their jobs during the pandemic.
“Congress, recognizing that a thriving airline industry is vital to the United States economy and national defense, provided approximately $54 billion in passenger air carrier employee assistance since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic,” it said. One was the unfair standard for holding airlines.
“Despite scientific evidence that air travel is extremely safe, your administration is choosing to threaten airlines to sack unvaccinated employees while giving free passes to other modes of transportation such as public transport, which is funded by the Congress’s COVID Relief Fund. received $70 billion in Jodi wrote.
Members of the Transportation Committee rankings urged Biden to abandon “coercive and illegal vaccination schemes” aimed at private companies and instead work with Congress and private industry to end the coronavirus pandemic.
Granthshala News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report.