Mandates are probably unconstitutional, they throw a wrench in the works of business and our economy, AND they don’t work! So what’s the latest good news? Businesses are backing down.
Amtrak said it would suspend its Covid-19 vaccine mandate for employees, a reversal from last week’s policy stance that the rail company said would allow it to operate its passenger trains as scheduled.
In a letter to employees Tuesday, Amtrak Chief Executive Bill Flynn said the company would allow weekly testing as an alternative to vaccination for workers who don’t have an approved accommodation.
“After reviewing our system service plans in light of these change, we do not anticipate having system-wide service impacts in January,” Mr. Flynn said in the letter.
Amtrak had previously set a vaccine mandate to take effect Jan. 4, the same day that White House-issued vaccination requirements for federal contractors were scheduled to go into effect. But last week, the company said its planned mandate would prevent it from operating all of its scheduled passenger trains. . .
The company ultimately chose to permit weekly testing as an alternative, he said, adding that the revised policy would be in effect while President Biden’s executive order remains unenforced. Amtrak will continue to update its vaccine policy as needed, Mr. Flynn wrote.
Amtrak may reimpose the mandate, but we will see.
Boeing suspended its coronavirus vaccination requirement for U.S.-based employees, the U.S. planemaker said on Friday, capping weeks of uncertainty as thousands of workers sought exemptions and challenges to a federal mandate played out in court.
In an internal announcement, Boeing said its decision came after a review of a U.S. District Court ruling earlier this month that halted the enforcement of President Joe Biden’s vaccine requirement for federal contractors.
Some big healthcare chains and companies such as General Electric, Spirit AeroSystems, and Amtrak have also suspended vaccine mandates for workers.
Employers may reinstate vaccine mandates, as a Federal Appeals Court has reinstated the Biden administration vaccine and testing mandate. And so the nightmare continues.
A federal appeals court has reinstated the Biden administration’s vaccine and testing requirement for private businesses that covers about 80 million American workers.
The ruling by the 6th U.S. Court of Appeals in Cincinnati lifted a November injunction that had blocked the rule from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which applies to businesses with at least 100 workers.
In the decision Friday, the 6th Circuit noted that OSHA has historical precedent for using wide discretion to ensure worker safety and “demonstrated the pervasive danger that COVID-19 poses to workers—unvaccinated workers in particular—in their workplaces.”