“We will say with confidence that our pilots aren’t collaborating in any official or unofficial job actions,” the union, the Southwest Airways Pilots Affiliation, stated in an announcement.
The union stated that its members “will proceed to beat” administration’s “poor planning” and different exterior challenges, including that Southwest pilots “all the time keep the best stage of accountability to their crews, their passengers, and our airline.”
Southwest stated final week that it will be part of a number of of its rivals in requiring all workers to get vaccinated, setting a Dec. 8 deadline to take action. The mandate is critical to proceed doing enterprise with the federal government after President Biden ordered all giant federal contractors to require vaccination, Southwest stated.
“Southwest Airways should be part of our business friends in complying with the federal authorities’s COVID-19 vaccination directive,” the airline’s chief govt, Gary Kelly, stated in an announcement asserting the mandate. “I encourage all Southwest workers to satisfy the federal directive, as rapidly as doable, since we worth each particular person and need to guarantee job safety for all.”
The pilots union, which stated that it doesn’t oppose vaccination, had warned that enforcement of such a mandate might result in labor shortages and flight disruptions. The union is suing the airline for taking a sequence of “unilateral actions,” together with the vaccination requirement.
In a Friday courtroom submitting, the union stated that the mandate “unlawfully imposes new circumstances of employment” on pilots and requested a choose to cease the airline from enacting that requirement together with different insurance policies and actions.
United Airways, the primary giant U.S. provider to impose a mandate, stated not too long ago that just about all of its 67,000 workers have been vaccinated, aside from about 2,000 who had utilized for non secular or medical exemptions and fewer than 250 who face being fired for failing to conform. American Airways, Alaska Airways and JetBlue Airways have since adopted go well with.
Delta Air Strains has stated it won’t require vaccination, however will cost unvaccinated workers $200 extra per 30 days for medical insurance.