IBM, American Airlines, Southwest back Biden on employee vaccine mandates

IBM, American Airlines, and Southwest Airlines will follow President Joe Biden’s mandate requiring that employees be vaccinated against COVID-19, defying an order from the Texas governor blocking such actions.Their decisions set up an immediate challenge to Republican Governor Greg Abbott by three of the state’s largest employers. Companies with business operations in Texas have been caught between Abbott’s decree and a White House measure that says federal contractors must require the shots.Read More: Employees don’t have to sacrifice their mental health to be good caregivers’IBM is a federal contractor and must comply with federal requirements, which direct employees of federal contractors to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by December 8th or obtain a medical or religious accommodation,’ a spokesperson for the New York-based company said.

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