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Businesses ‘Pleading’ With Biden Admin To Delay Vaccine Mandate

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Businesses are reportedly “pleading” with the Biden administration to delay its plan for COVID-19 vaccine mandates for employees of large businesses, saying the mandates could cause a “mass exodus” of employees.

“Worried that President Joe Biden’s Covid vaccine mandate for private companies could cause a mass exodus of employees, business groups are pleading with the White House to delay the rule until after the holiday season,” CNBC reported. “White House officials at the Office of Management and Budget held dozens of meetings with labor unions, industry lobbyists and private individuals last week as the administration conducts its final review of the mandate, which will require businesses with 100 or more employees to ensure they are vaccinated against Covid or tested weekly for the virus. It is estimated to cover roughly two-thirds of the private-sector workforce.”

“The American Trucking Associations, which will meet with OMB on Tuesday, warned the administration last week that many drivers will likely quit rather than get vaccinated, further disrupting the national supply chain at time when the industry is already short 80,000 drivers,” CNBC added. “The trucking association estimates trucking companies covered by the mandate could lose 37% of drivers through retirements, resignations and workers switching to smaller companies not covered by the requirements.”

“Now placing vaccination mandates on employers, which in turn force employees to be vaccinated, will create a workforce crisis for our industry and the communities, families and businesses we serve,” Chris Spear, the American Trucking Association’s president and CEO, wrote in a letter to OMB last Thursday.

Retailers are worried that the mandate would cause a spike in resignations while businesses are already short on employees.

Retailers are also particularly concerned the mandate could trigger a spike in resignations that would exacerbate staffing problems at businesses already short on people, said

“It has been a hectic holiday season already, as you know, with supply chain struggles,” Evan Armstrong, a lobbyist at the Retail Industry Leaders Association, told CNBC. “This is a difficult policy to implement. It would be even more difficult during the holiday season.”

According to a KFF poll last month, thirty percent of workers said they would quit their jobs rather than comply with a vaccine or testing mandate, CNBC noted.

The news comes after President Biden told those concerned about “mass firings” resulting from vaccine mandates that the “bigger story” is that the vaccine mandates are working.

“These requirements work,” Biden said. “And as a business round table and others told me when I announced the first requirement that encouraged businesses to feel they could come in and demand the same thing of their employees, more people are getting vaccinated. More lives are being saved. Let’s be clear: When you see headlines and reports of mass firings, and hundreds of people losing their jobs, look at the bigger story. I’ve spoken with Scott Kirby, CEO of United Airlines, who’s here today. United went from 59% of their employees to 99% of their employees in less than two months after implementing the requirement. 99%.”