CEO Ed Bastian insisted Thursday that allowing his workers to choose whether to get the coronavirus vaccine has proven effective – as 90 per cent of his employees have already received the dosage and he expects a raise of another 5 per cent within the next month regardless of a vaccine mandate.
'We're proving that you can work collaboratively with your people, trusting your people to make the right decisions, respecting their decisions and not forcing them over the loss of their jobs,' Bastian told Fox Business.
He argues it's not effective to 'force' the vaccine on staff at Delta Air Lines by threatening them with losing their job, as many other companies are doing following Biden issuing an executive order last month.
The order requires companies with 100 or more employees to mandate the vaccine and obtain proof from their employees of full inoculation by December 8.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which falls under the Labor Department and was directed to carry out the order, has not yet implemented the requirements for private companies – leading to confusion over whether companies must start requiring vaccinations.
This also means that any companies who have already started implementing compulsory vaccines are acting prematurely since no Labor Department guidance has been released yet.
'The reason the mandate was put in by [the] president, I believe, was because they wanted to make sure companies had a plan to get their employees vaccinated,' Bastian stated on FBN's The Claman Countdown.
'A month before the president came out with the mandate, we had already announced our plan to get all of our people vaccinated,' he elaborated. 'And the good news is the plan is working.'
Bastian told Reuters on Wednesday that the 'mandate is only one way to get people vaccinated.'
'It's a very blunt instrument,' he conceded.
'It's better if you can work collaboratively with your employees. You can trust your employees to make the right decisions and respect their decisions.'
Bastian also announced Thursday that Delta will offer religious and medical accommodations for those who wish to remain unvaccinated.
Biden's executive order does allow for at least weekly testing as an opt out for getting the vaccine.
Airlines other than Delta, like American, are not offering these alternatives.
'The executive order doesn't allow for that,' Isom falsely claimed in an interview with The Miami Herald.
'Our team members need to be vaccinated,' Isom said. 'It's really important for our business, for our company, to get the pandemic under control. We want every one of our team members to be vaccinated and, equally important, we want every one of our team members to have a job and continue to work in America.'