Southwest Airlines issued a statement sharing their plan to put the unvaccinated employees on unpaid leave due to the deadline given for the mandate on December 8.
CNBC got the note sent to Southwest Airlines’ senior VP of operations and hospitality Steve Goldberg and Julie Weber, VP and chief people officer. If the employees don’t get the vaccine until the deadline, they must put them on unpaid leave.
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Southwest staffers must get the vaccine until November 24 or get an exemption request. According to the company, they will continue paying until the request is being reviewed, and it will let them the rejected to continue working “as we coordinate with them on meeting the requirements (vaccine or valid accommodation).”
“This is a change from what was previously communicated. Initially, we communicated that these Employees would be put on unpaid leave, and that is no longer the case,” Goldberg and Weber stated.
Everything results from the employees’ protest against the vaccine mandate in Dallas, Texas.
“Southwest acknowledges various viewpoints regarding the Covid-19 vaccine, and we have always supported and will continue to support our employees’ right to express themselves, with open lines of communication to share issues and concerns,” the company’s spokesperson stated.
Goldberg and Weber assured staffers that if their exemption request is denied, they could still reapply if the staff member “has new information or circumstances it would like the Company to consider.”
Also, the newly hired must be vaccinated!
American’s CEO Doug Parker talked to the staffers the previous week about the vaccine mandate.
The Association of Professional Flight Attendants told the employees yesterday that the Airlines’ management “indicated that, unlike the approach taken by United, they were exploring accommodations that would allow employees to continue to work.”
“They failed to offer any specifics as to what such accommodations might look like at that time,” the union continued.