Delta Airlines CEO Ed Bastian attended Fox Business this Saturday and announced why the airline he leads will respect workers’ personal health decisions and won’t force them to get the vaccine.
“We’re proving that you can work collaboratively with your people, trusting your people to make the right decisions, respecting their decisions, and not forcing them over the loss of their jobs,” Delta CEO stated!
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It is the single major airline that still hasn’t mandated the vaccines, and their employees will decide on their own if they want to get jabbed or not. As a company, they already have a 90% vaccination rate, and it is expected to increase by 5% by the end of November.
“Mandate is only one way to get people vaccinated,” Bastian told Reuters Wednesday in an interview. “It’s a very blunt instrument.”
Southwest Airlines experienced an operational disruption that compelled the CEO to share that he wouldn’t fire workers due to the vaccine mandate.
“We are not going to fire any employees over this,” Southwest CEO Gary Kelly said.
“This is a government mandate, it’s a presidential order, and we’re doing our best to comply with that according to the deadlines that have been set,” Kelly added.
“I’ve never been in favor of corporations imposing that kind of a mandate, I’m not in favor of that, never have been,” Kelly stated for CNBC. “But the executive order from President Biden mandates that all federal employees and then all federal contractors, which covers all major airlines, have to have a vaccine mandate in place by December 8. So we’re working through that.”
The federal vaccine mandate was introduced in September, but it hasn’t been enforced by the Biden Administration yet. Due to uncertainty, many corporations pre-emptively comply with the vaccine order. Some of these unannounced orders would conflict with specific state laws.
Southwest Airlines workers organized a peaceful protest, and American airlines appeared to take a page out of the Southwest playbook, causing the airline disruption.
We have reported that at least 251 flight cancellations and 616 flight delays happened last Wednesday, and most of them were at the airport in Dallas-Fort Worth. The surge in American Airlines flights cancellations occurred one week after the organized protest at the company’s headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas.
“Hundreds of AA workers and allies protested outside the company’s Fort Worth, Texas headquarters,” Newsweek reported. “The protesters told The Dallas Morning News that they are skeptical of the vaccines’ effectiveness and their unreported side effects.”
One online publication from Paddle Your Own Kanoo stated, “the protestors were a mix of employees from across the airline including pilots, gate agents, and ramp workers. Some wore their uniforms, while their numbers were swelled by friends and family who supported their right to reject the vaccine.”
Both sides of the street are packed with @Boeing workers fighting back against the mandates. This is outside the facility in Everett, WA. According to a few workers I spoke with, they won’t be returning to work until the mandate is overturned. pic.twitter.com/qyeligGLBs
— Katie Daviscourt🇺🇸 (@KatieDaviscourt) October 15, 2021
Boeing workers strike against Biden’s vaccine mandates and won’t get back to their working places until the mandates are eliminated.
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Seattle port – look at what’s really happening – they are lying to us! pic.twitter.com/9URIK1RY7S
— ATX Patriot (@ATX_PATRIOT) October 14, 2021
We may expect more transportation disruption because 40% of TSA workers aren’t jabbed. Truck drivers and dock workers threaten to strike and worsen the already terrible supply chain crisis.
Delta Airlines’ CEO allows the employees to decide whether they will get the vaccine or not.