American, Alaska Airlines and JetBlue add vaccine mandates for workers.

American Airlines told employees on Friday that it might require all U.S.-based staff and some worldwide crew members to be vaccinated.

In a letter to staff signed by the corporate’s chief govt and presidents, American stated the transfer was mandatory due to its standing as a authorities contractor. Final month, President Biden introduced that staff of presidency contractors can be required to be vaccinated, with solely restricted exceptions.

The airline’s letter gave no timetable, however the White Home has stated the deadline for staff of present contractors to be vaccinated is Dec. 8.

“Whereas we’re nonetheless working by the main points of the federal necessities, it’s clear that group members who select to stay unvaccinated won’t be able to work at American Airlines,” the letter stated.

Workers who’ve medical or non secular causes to say no the vaccine might apply for an lodging, the letter stated. The letter was reported earlier by Reuters.

Individually, Alaska Airlines and JetBlue stated on Friday that they, too, would mandate the vaccine for staff, additionally citing the requirement for federal contractors. In an announcement, Alaska Airlines stated it might prolong to Dec. 1 a $200 incentive for staff who add proof of full vaccination.

United Airlines issued a vaccine mandate for staff in August, however no different main provider adopted swimsuit on the time. The corporate stated this week that a number of hundred staff out of about 67,000 have been vulnerable to being laid off for declining the vaccine, although the quantity had fallen beneath 250 by Friday.

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