Union Pacific to adjust to COVID vaccine deadline for U.S. staff

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WASHINGTON, Oct 13 (Reuters) – Union Pacific Corp (UNP.N) mentioned on Wednesday it would require its 31,000 U.S. workers to be vaccinated beneath President Joe Biden’s government order requiring that federal contractors mandate vaccines by Dec. 8, besides for workers who obtain an accepted exemption.

“As a federal contractor who ships goods supporting our nation’s armed services, … all employees are required to report their vaccination status or have an approved medical or religious accommodation by the federally mandated deadline,” Union Pacific, the highest U.S. railroad operator, mentioned in an announcement.

Last month, U.S. passenger railroad Amtrak mentioned it would require practically all of its 18,000 workers be absolutely vaccinated for COVID-19 by Nov. 22.

Boeing Co (BA.N), one other federal contractor, mentioned on Tuesday it would require its 125,000 U.S. workers to be vaccinated by Dec. 8.

Major U.S. airways have mentioned they can even meet the deadline imposed on federal contractors, together with American Airlines (AAL.O), Southwest Airlines Co (LUV.N), JetBlue Airways Corp (UNP.N) and Alaska Airlines, as has plane components producer Spirit AeroSystems (SPR.N).

The White House introduced the Dec. 8 deadline for workers of federal contractors final month and the necessities are anticipated to cowl thousands and thousands of workers.

Government contractors International Business Machines Corp (IBM.N) and Raytheon Technologies Corp have additionally mentioned they are going to require all U.S. workers to be vaccinated. The White House is including clauses to future authorities contracts mandating inoculations.

The Labor Department individually plans to situation an emergency momentary customary (ETS) requiring employers with greater than 100 staff to have them inoculated or examined weekly – a coverage anticipated to cowl greater than 80 million staff.

The division despatched the proposed ETS to the White House regulatory workplace on Tuesday.

Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Leslie Adler and Sandra Maler

Vials and syringes are seen in front of displayed U.S. flag in this illustration photo taken March 16, 2021. Picture taken March 16, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration