Boeing will require its 125,000 U.S. employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19

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WASHINGTON, Oct 12 (Businesshala) – The Boeing Company (BAN) said on Tuesday it would require federal contractors to vaccinate its 125,000 US workers by December 8 under an executive order issued by President Joe Biden.

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“Boeing requires its US-based employees to either show proof of vaccination or an approved reasonable accommodation (based on disability or sincere religious belief) by December 8,” the largest US planner said.

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The Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA) union said it was “talking with employers to ensure implementation that members’ concerns, health issues are given due consideration and the provisions of our contractual agreements are complied with.” Go.”

More than 5,000 Boeing employees are in Texas right now, where Republican Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order on Monday barring COVID-19 vaccine mandates by any entity, including private employers.

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A Boeing spokesperson said, “Due to the Texas EO, the Boeing vaccination requirement announced today does not immediately apply to local sites. However, once these sites are covered under the Biden EO, we expect that they Will be subject to vaccination requirement.”

Major US airlines have said they will extend deadlines imposed on federal contractors including American Airlines (AAL.O), Southwest Airlines Company (LUV.N), JetBlue Airways Corp (JBLU.O) and Alaska Airlines (ALK.N). Will complete it. , as is aircraft parts manufacturer Spirit Aerosystems (SPR.N).

The White House last month announced a December 8 deadline for employees of federal contractors and the requirements are expected to cover millions of employees.

Government contractors International Business Machines Corp (IBM.N) and Raytheon Technologies Corp (RTX.N) have also said they will require all US workers to be vaccinated. The White House is adding clauses mandating vaccinations to future government contracts.

Steve Cave, a King & Spalding attorney specializing in government contracts, told Businesshala last month that he expects the order to affect millions of American workers or more.

The Labor Department plans to separately issue an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) that requires employers with more than 100 workers to be vaccinated or tested weekly — a policy that is expected to cover more than 80 million workers. have hope.

But he still hasn’t gone to the White House regulatory office for review, suggesting that ETS is still at least weeks away.

Reporting by David Shepardson and Eric Johnson; Editing by Chris Reese and Peter Cooney

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