Several large companies based in Texas — including two of America’s largest airliners — have said they plan to keep COVID-19 vaccine mandates for employees in place, siding with federal authorities in a showdown between the White House and the governor of Texas.
American Airlines Southwest Airlines, IBM, and IBM all stated Tuesday that they would require workers to continue to be vaccinated for COVID-19 even though Texas Governor Greg Abbott has revoked their mandate. Greg Abbott signed an order on MondayInterdiction of private companies from enforcing such mandates
In a statement The Dallas Morning NewsAmerican Airlines, a Fort Worth-based airline, stated that the federal vaccine mandate is superior to any state laws. This does not affect American.
Southwest Airlines from Dallas issued a similar statement. The Austin-American Statesman.
The company said they were choosing to comply with an order by the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration — which will require businesses with over 100 employees to ensure their workforce is fully vaccinated — because the White House order “supersedes any state mandate or law.”
Gary Kelly, Southwest CEO, gave his speech Tuesday. CNBCAlthough he opposes vaccine mandates, he stated that his company will still need the shots as federal law requires.
Kelly said, “I have never supported corporations imposing such a mandate.” “But President Biden’s executive order mandates that all federal employees, and all federal contractors, must have a vaccine mandate by Dec. 8)
IBM spoke BloombergIt would maintain a mandate to vaccinate workers in Texas because it has contracts with federal government. Accordingly, the company must vaccinate its employees under the Biden administration rules.
A spokesperson for IBM stated that IBM is a federal contractor. According to federal regulations, employees must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 before December 8th. We will protect the safety and health of IBM clients and employees, and will follow federal requirements.”
High-profile employers may resist the state filing a lawsuit.
According to The Associated Press new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations related to the virus have declined in recent weeks. Since the outbreak of the pandemic, however, there have been more than 67,000 deaths from coronavirus.