The Flight Attendant Union’s contract ‘provides a process that must be followed before anyone can be terminated’
American Airlines’ flight attendants union says its members will not be fired immediately if they are not vaccinated against the coronavirus by the carrier’s November deadline.
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After a meeting with management and labor leaders, the Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA) told members that officials were “looking for accommodations that would allow employees to continue working.”
In Monday’s notice, APFA also called out its rival, United, saying its 67,000 US-based employees had a tough September 27 deadline for vaccinations or risk losing their jobs – barring some exemptions. Was.
United, which has taken the strongest pro-vaccination stance among US airlines, confirmed last week that less than 1% of its employees, or 232 employees, were in the process of being fired for not meeting deadlines.
The union said in a notice to its members, “American Airlines flight attendants who remain without vaccinations and do not receive accommodation will not automatically remove you from service or be terminated from employment upon the compliance deadline.” ”
APFA said its contract “provides a process that must be followed before anyone can be terminated.”
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Earlier this month, American announced it was issuing a vaccine mandate to comply with with new rules Companies with federal contracts from the Biden administration are required to fully vaccinate employees. American, like its competitors, provides specialized flights, freight and other services for the government, which makes them a government contractor.
According to the APFA notice, management stated that employees have time to complete their immunization program by November 24, although “employees who cannot be vaccinated because of a qualifying disability or a sincere religious belief may receive reasonable accommodations.” can request.”
The union said that “management is committed to reviewing and considering each housing request on a case-by-case basis and complying with its legal obligations to provide reasonable accommodation where appropriate.”
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Prior to Biden’s order, American was not required to vaccinate its employees, although it was “strongly encouraging” them to do so, going so far as to offer rewards for those who got the jab. Had been.