Parker and Isom announced that over 100,000 U.S.-based employees will be required to get vaccinated in response to President Biden’s statement last month that all federal workers, including contractors, would be asked to get a shot.
American Airlines is classified as a government contractor because of its involvement in cargo contracts with the Department of Defense and work with the City Pair and Civil Reserve Air Fleet programs.
“While we are still working through the details of the federal requirements, it is clear that team members who choose to remain unvaccinated will not be able to work at American Airlines,” the memo announced. “Team members who cannot be vaccinated because of a disability or sincerely held religious belief can request an accommodation on Jetnet.”
“Since our company does significant work for the federal government, we have determined that Alaska Airlines, Horizon Air and McGee employees – all part of Alaska Air Group – do fall under this federal vaccine mandate, along with other major U.S. airlines,” The airline reportedly said Thursday in a staff letter.
The announcements came one day after White House COVID-19 response coordinator Jeffrey Zients reportedly spoke to the chief executives of American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and Southwest Airlines to guarantee they are working to develop and enforce vaccine requirements before December 8, Reuters reported.
Delta announced it is “still evaluating Biden’s order,” according to the AP.
“We know some of you will disagree with this decision to require the vaccine for all United employees,” United CEO Scott Kirby and President Brett Hart wrote to staff. “But, we have no greater responsibility to you and your colleagues than to ensure your safety when you’re at work, and the facts are crystal clear: everyone is safer when everyone is vaccinated.”