United Airlines announced that non-exempt employees continue to upload proof of vaccination, driving down the number of employees facing termination by nearly 50%.
Last-Minute United Airlines Vaccine Uploads Push Termination Numbers Down To 320
United’s vaccine mandate took effect on September 27, 2021. On that date, United announced that 593 employees had not submitted proof of vaccine nor had submitted a request for exemption, and therefore were subject to immediate termination.
However just 72 hours later that number has dropped by nearly half to 320 as additional employees uploaded their proof of vaccine late.
A United spokesperson told Live and Let’s Fly:
“Our vaccine policy continues to prove requirements work – in less than 48 hours, the number of unvaccinated employees who began the process of being separated from the company has been cut almost in half, dropping from 593 to 320. That means 99.5 percent of United’s U.S. employees have now chosen to get vaccinated, excluding those who sought an exemption.”
Note, that 99.5% number does not include the roughly 2,000 employees (about 3% of the 67,000 United employees based in the United States) that have sought an exemption. United has thus far refused to specify what percentage of the approximately 2,000 employees who requested an exemption were granted one.
As it waits for a class action lawsuit to play out in a federal court in Texas, United has delayed its plans to place those front-line employees granted an exemption on unpaid leave until at least October 15, 2021.
While United Airlines has not ruled out disciplinary measures for those employees who failed to upload their COVID-19 vaccination cards in a timely manner, United’s Human Resources department expects that 320 number will to continue to decline as individual meetings begin with employees who failed to upload the card. United believes that a chunk of the 320 have been vaccinated and have simply failed to properly upload proof.
While the thorny issue of how to deal with employees seeking exemptions remains, United Airlines can boast that 99.5% of non-exempt employees are now in compliance with United’s vaccine mandate and United expects that number to go up even further.
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