United Airlines plans to fire 593 employees who didn’t get COVID-19 vaccination by deadline – CBS Chicago
Chicago (CBS) Chicago-based United Airlines plans to fire nearly 600 workers who haven’t received COVID-19 vaccines by Tuesday’s deadline.
In a note to employees, United Airlines CEO J. Scott Kirby and President Bret Hart noted that more than 99 percent of United States-based employees have opted for vaccination â?? Except for those who submitted for religious or medical exemption.
This is a historic achievement for the airlines, our employees, as well as the customers and communities we serve. Our reasoning for requiring the vaccine for all US employees residing in the US was simple – ???? To keep our people safe. The truth is: everyone is safer when everyone is vaccinated, and the vaccine requirements work, ???? They wrote.
However, 593 employees did not get the shot, and those employees will be fired.
“This was a very difficult decision but keeping our team safe has always been our top priority. The pandemic is now killing more than 2,000 people a day – an increase of 65% in just the last 30 days???? and the most effective way to keep our people safe, is to make sure that Vaccinate them,” Kirby and Hart wrote. “We have no greater responsibility than ensuring everyone is safe at work. Now that nearly all of our American employees have been vaccinated, we are taking another important step forward as we emerge from the pandemic as United Airlines better and stronger. ????