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AT&T expands COVID-19 vaccination policy to most union-represented employees

AT&T announced on September 29 that it was expanding its current COVID-19 vaccination policy to employees who are members of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) union, making it one of the largest employers in the US. which mandates vaccines for a significant portion. of its workers.

In a statement, the world’s largest telecommunications company said it “is launching the vaccine mandate to help make our workplace safer for our employees and customers.”

The new policy expands on a previous policy announced by AT&T in August, which required most management employees to be vaccinated by October 11.

“This new COVID-19 vaccination policy calls for CWA-represented employees who come to work locations, client and client events or sites, or who are temporarily working from home, by February 1, 2022. Said to be fully vaccinated and policy compliant. until they get an approved job accommodation,” AT&T said.

AT&T is one of the largest employers of union-represented employees in the US and the only major US wireless company with a union-represented non-management workforce.

The Associated Press reports that the CWA represents approximately 90,000 AT&T workers—according to the CWA’s website, this represents more than 150,000 AT&T workers—but either way, it is the largest union in the company. . AT&T had about 230,000 employees as of the end of January.

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People walk past an AT&T store on May 17, 2021 in New York. (Timothy A. Cleary/AFP via Getty Images)

AT&T did not say whether it would give employees the option to take weekly COVID-19 tests instead of getting vaccinated, as did President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate for large employees earlier this month.

On September 9, Biden revealed that he was directing the Labor Department to develop a rule that would require companies with more than 100 employees to be vaccinated or tested once per week for their employees.

The federal mandate would cover 100 million people. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 77 percent of American adults have had at least one vaccine dose.

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Union spokeswoman Beth Allen told the AP that CWA workers at AT&T can request exemptions for religious or medical reasons, while employees who haven’t been vaccinated by the Feb. will receive a 60-day unpaid “reconsideration period”. .

Biden has taken aim at the unaffiliated in recent weeks, including official figures as well as everyday Americans, blaming the nation for accelerating the CCP virus pandemic.

President Joe Biden talks about his handling of the coronavirus
President Joe Biden talks about his handling of the coronavirus
President Joe Biden speaks about combating the COVID-19 pandemic in the State Dining Room of the White House on September 9, 2021 in Washington. (Kevin Diets/Getty Images)

At a press conference earlier this month, the president said “pandemic politics” was directly causing the deaths and that his patience was “thin” when it came to non-vaccinated people.

“We have the tools to combat COVID-19, and a vast minority of Americans, backed by a distinct minority of elected officials, are preventing us from turning the corner. This pandemic politics, as I refer to it, is making people sick, causing people to die,” Biden said during remarks at the White House.

“We cannot let these actions get in the way of protecting the majority of Americans who have done their job and want to get back to normal life,” he said.

“My message to unvaccinated Americans is this: What else to wait? What else do you need to look out for? We’ve made vaccination free, safe, and convenient. The vaccine is FDA approved. More than 200 million Americans have fewer We’ve been patient, but our patience is running out and your refusal has cost us all,” Biden said. “So please, do the right thing.”

The Epoch Times has contacted AT&T for comment.

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Katabella Roberts is a reporter currently based in Turkey. She covers news and business for The Epoch Times, focusing primarily on the United States.

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