Ford Motor Company on Tuesday became the second Detroit automaker to ask salaried employees to disclose their vaccination status against COVID-19 to comply with broad federal guidelines.
Ford said salaried workers were required to submit their vaccination status against COVID-19 by October 8, but the process was voluntary for hourly workers represented by the United Auto Workers (UAW) union.
The automaker’s move comes as the Biden administration takes sweeping measures to increase vaccination coverage in the United States, while prompting large employers to vaccinate or test their employees weekly.
Separately, chief executive Jim Farley said in a CNBC interview that the company’s leadership team had been vaccinated against COVID-19 and that Ford was conducting a survey to find out how many employees had been vaccinated.
“When it comes to Ford’s large population, we want people to get vaccinated,” Farley said, adding that the company will work with the UAW, which had so far resisted attempts to make vaccinations mandatory.
According to the company’s latest annual filing, the UAW represented approximately 58,000 hourly employees in the United States.
Big rival General Motors Co had in August sought vaccination status of its salaried employees.
lack of chip
Farley also said in a CNBC interview that the ongoing semiconductor chip shortage will probably last until the end of next year.
He said things are getting better but Ford is still unable to meet the demand for its vehicles.
“We are now improving our shipments to dealers and our inventory is moving very quickly,” said Farley, who took the reins at the automaker last year.
Ford’s production in the second quarter was hit by a fire at a plant owned by automobile chip maker Renesas Electronics Corp. in March. Farley said the facility was now in motion.
By Abhijeet Ganapawaram and Ashwini Rajo
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times