FAST FIVE: Not Just The Feds: Top Union Boss Says AFL-CIO Supports Mandatory Vaccines For Workers
“If you are coming back into the workplace, you have to know what's around you.” Earlier this week, the Department of Veterans Affairs became the first federal agency to require that all its medical facility employees receive the jab, while President Biden on Tuesday announced that a mandate for federal employees is “under consideration right now” (with news orgs today reporting it's all but certain).
13, giving employees six weeks for unvaccinated employees to make up their minds.
But a union representing emergency workers with the New York City Fire Department, FDNY EMS Local 2507, opposed the mandate, saying “the city and the mayor cannot simply disregard the civil liberties of the workforce.” Explaining why the AFL-CIO supports vaccine mandates, Trumka said on C-SPAN that “everybody” in the workplace would be jeopardized if a worker is not vaccinated.
“The president has done a great job on COVID.
What we need to do now is get more people vaccinated, and I think the mandate is an acceptable way to do it,” he said.