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Boeing employees in Seattle organize group ‘sickout Fridays’ in protest over COVID vaccine mandate 


Some Boeing employees appear to be planning a weekly protest against the airline giant’s new COVID-19 vaccine mandate. 

Journalists have posted videos of people picketing in front of Boeing’s Washington state factories and now there are reports of a new ‘Sickout Fridays’ in an attempt to buck the mandate.  

They’re also known as #FreedomFlu Sickouts, as explained by one person who contacted a journalist about the protest. 

‘Boeing has acted in bad faith and new [sic] months ago the[y] we’re going to mandate us at the end of the year,’ the text reads. ‘They are now leading the world to believe we have ample time to make a decision by Dec 8th. That’s a lie.’ 

‘We are protesting at the union and we are now doing the #Freedomflu.’  

Some Boeing employees appear to be planning a weekly protest against the airline giant’s new COVID-19 vaccine mandate

Journalists have posted videos of people picketing in front of Boeing's Washington state factories and now there are reports of a new 'Sickout Fridays' in an attempt to buck the mandate

Journalists have posted videos of people picketing in front of Boeing’s Washington state factories and now there are reports of a new ‘Sickout Fridays’ in an attempt to buck the mandate

They're also known as #FreedomFlu Sickouts, as explained by one person who contacted a journalist about the protest

They’re also known as #FreedomFlu Sickouts, as explained by one person who contacted a journalist about the protest

Reporters also camped outside a protest in front of Boeing’s Washington state factory. They claimed hundreds were there against the mandate.  

Boeing said on Tuesday it will require its 125,000 US employees to be vaccinated by Dec. 8 under an executive order issued by President Joe Biden for federal contractors. 

‘Compliance with these requirements is a condition of employment,’ states a Boeing internal presentation from Tuesday viewed by reporters. ‘Employees who are unable to meet these requirements … may be released from the company.’

Employees can request exemptions ‘due to a disability or sincerely held religious belief.’ Any employee granted such an exemption will have to ‘undergo frequent testing for COVID-19’ and be ready to ‘present a negative test result upon request.’

The policy will apply to roughly 125,000 U.S.-based employees company-wide, with about 57,000 of those in Washington state.

Jon Holden, president of International Association of Machinists (IAM) District 751, in his message to members in the October issue of the union paper, wrote that ‘the reality is our members are polarized on this issue.’

The Machinist Union released a statement on Friday, acknowledging that the mandate is a divisive issue for its members, asking employees to choose ‘between beliefs or their jobs.’ The mandate does not allow for a testing option, unless approved for medical or religious exemption.

‘We are not anti-vaccine, but we disagree with a vaccine mandate. We don’t believe that is right,’ the union wrote in its memo.

The union says it’ll begin bargaining the effects of the decision with Boeing beginning on Friday.

Reporters also camped outside a protest in front of Boeing's Washington state factory. They claimed hundreds were there against the mandate

Reporters also camped outside a protest in front of Boeing’s Washington state factory. They claimed hundreds were there against the mandate

Boeing said on Tuesday it will require its 125,000 US employees to be vaccinated by Dec. 8 under an executive order issued by President Joe Biden for federal contractors

Boeing said on Tuesday it will require its 125,000 US employees to be vaccinated by Dec. 8 under an executive order issued by President Joe Biden for federal contractors

'Compliance with these requirements is a condition of employment,' states a Boeing internal presentation from Tuesday viewed by reporters

‘Compliance with these requirements is a condition of employment,’ states a Boeing internal presentation from Tuesday viewed by reporters

President Joe Biden in September ordered sweeping new federal vaccine requirements for as many as 100 million Americans — private-sector employees as well as health care workers and federal contractors — in an all-out effort to curb the surging COVID-19 delta variant.

At the time, Biden sharply criticized the tens of millions of Americans who are not yet vaccinated, despite months of availability and incentives.

‘We’ve been patient. But our patience is wearing thin, and your refusal has cost all of us,’ he said, all but biting off his words. The unvaccinated minority ‘can cause a lot of damage, and they are.’

Republican leaders — and some union chiefs, too — said Biden was going too far in trying to muscle private companies and workers, a certain sign of legal challenges to come. 

Companies applying the mandates to their employees include Amtrak, BlackRock, Cisco, Citigroup, CVS, Deloitte, Delta DoorDash, Equinox, Facebook, Ford, Goldman Sachs, Google, Lyft, McDonald’s, MGM, Microsoft, Morgan Stanley, NBCUniversal, Netflix, The New York Times, Twitter, Tyson Foods, Uber, United Airlines, Viacom, Walgrenes, the Walt Disney Company, Walmart and the Washington Post.  

President Joe Biden in September ordered sweeping new federal vaccine requirements for as many as 100 million Americans in September

President Joe Biden in September ordered sweeping new federal vaccine requirements for as many as 100 million Americans in September

At the time, Biden sharply criticized the tens of millions of Americans who are not yet vaccinated, despite months of availability and incentives

At the time, Biden sharply criticized the tens of millions of Americans who are not yet vaccinated, despite months of availability and incentives





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