According to media reports, United Airlines is preparing to dismiss hundreds of employees because it refused to receive the COVID-19 vaccine required under company-wide obligations.
According to KPRC, a sister station of KSAT in The New York Times and Houston, a total of 593 US-based employees are in the process of laying off. The remaining employees, or about 99% of employees, are fully vaccinated.
United Airlines was the first major US airline to announce that it would require employees to be vaccinated with COVID-19.
“Some may oppose this decision to require vaccines from all United employees,” said CEO Scott Kirby and president Bret Hart on August 6, when the airline announced its mandate. .. But they added, “The facts are very clear. When everyone is vaccinated, everyone is safer.”
Currently, airlines say about 1% of the US workforce missed Monday’s mandate. This number does not include those who are exempt for medical or religious reasons.
“This was a very difficult decision, but keeping the team safe has always been a top priority,” said Kirby and Hart in a note released Tuesday by the New York Times.
A spokeswoman told the newspaper that the airline will work with employees who have decided to be vaccinated during the termination process.
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United Airlines has fired nearly 600 employees who refused to receive the COVID-19 vaccine under company-wide obligations
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