AT&T becomes one of the largest employers in the US to mandate vaccines for a significant number of frontline workers
AT&T has become one of the largest employers in the US to mandate vaccines for a significant number of frontline workers.
The telecom company said Wednesday that its employees in the Communications Workers of America union will be required to be fully vaccinated by February 1, “unless they find an approved job accommodation.”
The CWA represents approximately 90,000 AT&T employees, the union said. It is the company’s largest union, with approximately 230,000 employees as of the end of January.
The Dallas company said it was expanding a vaccination policy it set in August for managers that required them to be vaccinated by October 11. Unlike the federal government’s vaccine mandate for large employers, AT&T isn’t offering employees the option to take a weekly test. instead of vaccination.
federal mandate, attempt to push To get more Americans vaccinated, will cover 100 million people. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 77% of American adults have received at least one dose of the vaccine.
Union spokeswoman Beth Allen said that CWA workers at AT&T can request exemptions for religious or medical reasons, and that employees who haven’t been vaccinated by February 1 will have 60 days unpaid to change their minds. review period”.
This policy applies to employees who work in stores, customers’ homes and other workplaces as well as those who are temporarily working from home. AT&T’s union employees include cellphone stores, call centers, and technicians.