United Airlines Prepares to Dismiss Its Unvaccinated Employees

By Paul Riegler on 28 September 2021
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United Airlines began the process of firing employees who had not received at least one shot of coronavirus vaccine by Monday.

In August, the Chicago-based company announced a vaccine mandate requiring all workers to get inoculated against Covid by the end of September.

The company estimates that 99% of its employees including the CEO of the airline have been vaccinated and that 593 workers did not get the jab by the September 27 deadline.

United was the first major airline – and one of the first large corporations in the United States – to issue a vaccine mandate for all workers.

“We know for some, that decision was a reluctant one,” wrote United CEO Scott Kirby and President Brett Hart in a letter to employees on Tuesday. “But there’s no doubt in our minds that some of you will have avoided a future hospital stay – or even death – because you got vaccinated.”

Workers can save their positions if they get vaccinated prior to their termination meetings, the airline said.  In addition, workers who have asked for and received an exemption on religious grounds will be given an unpaid leave.

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