The deadline for employees of the aerospace giant to get the shot is December 8. The policy will apply to the approximately 140,000 company employees.
According to communications obtained by Human Events, Boeing union workers claim that "Boeing has acted in bad faith" and knew "months ago" that a mandate was coming.
Boeing employees told The Post Millennial that they were under the impression that union leadership was fighting the mandates and that a compromise would be figured out, or at the very minimum, a test out option would be offered.
Jon Holden, president of International Association of Machinists (IAM) District 751, wrote in his message to members in the October issue of the union's paper Aero Mechanic, "the reality is our members are polarized on this issue."
Holden noted, "It is our responsibility to defend and advocate for all our members including "those who can’t or won’t accept the vaccine."
The communications discussing the sickout were tagged #Freedomflix. A rally against the mandate has been planned for Friday between 12 pm to 4 pm at the Boeing factory in Everett, Washington.
Boeing employees who are not yet vaccinated are required to have the first shot of Moderna's vaccine by October 27, or the first dose of Pfizer by November 3, or get the Johnson and Johnson single dose vaccine by November 24.
According to internal Boeing emails obtained by The Post Millennial, "A failure to meet the vaccine requirements by the due date would result in an involuntary resignation, not a termination for cause. It is considered a resignation and would not result in any variation of policy for pay out of VAC, PTO, SL, Pension, 401K…"
The email added, "Boeing 100% wants to retain all of our employees. That being said, many employees have strong feelings around the recent company response to the Executive order-implementing a Vaccine Requirement."
A Boeing internal presentation on Tuesday from management to employees via webcast obtained by The Post Millennial stated, "Compliance with these requirements is a condition of employment. Employees who are unable to meet these requirements ... may be released from the company."
Employees may request exemptions "...due to a disability or sincerely held religious belief," and employees granted an exemption will have to "undergo frequent testing for COVID-19" and "...present a negative test result upon request."
According to an email sent to Boeing employees and obtained by The Post Millennial, "As a US government contractor, Boeing is required to comply with President Biden’s recent executive order requiring COVID-19 vaccines for federal contractors."