The Conservative Political Action Coalition has warned United Airlines to drop its “draconian” COVID-19 vaccine mandate, saying the mandate would allow the government to go too far.
CPAC addressed the letter, which the organization provided exclusively to Fox News, to United CEO Scott Kirby.
United Airlines’ awkward and broad financial lawsuits against its own employees, who have already had COVID or do not want to be vaccinated for religious or personal health decisions like fertility, play into the hands of those who would try to nationalize airlines and move away from a democratic and representative government, ”the letter argues.
“As your company is one of the most regulated companies, it seems the fear of harsher regulation from the Biden administration has caused you to impose an abusive policy on your employees. In doing so, you have rejected the principles. that have helped you grow, merge, and prosper, ”states the letter from CPAC.
The Conservative Political Action Coalition is hosting the Conservative Political Action Conference.
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The letter suggests that the vaccine’s mandate amounts to a subtle attack on the free market economic system that has lifted billions of dollars out of global poverty.
In a free market system, companies succeed or fail based on their goods and services, while the government protects the rights of individuals but does not reward or punish companies for their political beliefs, the letter explains. This free market system “turned out to be the best antidote to poverty the world has ever known“(emphasis in original).
CPAC sent this letter to United on September 20, a week before United’s vaccine tenure was originally slated to go into effect. On August 6, United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby and Chairman Brett Hart informed employees that they should all be given the jab to stay on the job, unless they fall into narrow windows to benefit from religious or medical exemptions.
In the August 6 post, Kirby and Hart noted that “Vaccines are – by far – the most effective way to protect people from COVID-19. In fact, we now know that an unvaccinated person is about 50 times more likely to be hospitalized. for COVID-19 than a person vaccinated and nearly 300 times more likely to die. “
Therefore, “every United employee based in the United States will need to receive a COVID-19 vaccine” and report it in the company system. United announced it would give employees five weeks after the Food and Drug Administration approved a COVID-19 vaccine. The FDA approved the Pfizer vaccine on August 23, with a deadline of September 27. Employees receive a salary bonus for early vaccination.
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United allows waivers for religious and medical reasons. If United grants the exemption to an employee, that employee will take unpaid leave on October 2, until United can develop protocols to protect its unvaccinated employees or until “the pandemic recedes significantly. », For public roles.
A United spokesperson told Fox News that as of September 17, “90 percent of our employees have confirmed their vaccine status.”
Earlier this month, President Biden announced a federal vaccine mandate for companies with more than 100 employees. Companies must vaccinate or test their employees weekly, as part of the mandate. Twenty-four attorneys general have threatened to take legal action to oppose the warrant.
The ACU letter argued that if United really cared about the health of its employees, they would have adopted a different policy.
“If your desire is truly to ensure the safety of your employees and customers, you would not impose these drastic measures, but implement creative and scientific solutions that would benefit everyone. Instead, your tough policy essentially puts end to employees who do not submit to your COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate coverage, “the letter said.
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The ACU letter also blames United for its narrow exemptions, accusing the company of “discrimination against employees who cite religion as a reason for not being vaccinated.”
“If United Airlines gives in so easily to the illegal whims of the Biden administration, it will only be a matter of time before the regulatory state assumes you’ll swallow more,” the letter warns.
The letter ends by urging United to “reconsider your vaccination policy, develop a more humane method to ensure a safe environment for your employees and customers, and protect America’s great tradition of free enterprise.”
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The ACU warns that it will exert political pressure against the company if it refuses to change course.
“If United continues in this position, count on CPAC to aggressively oppose your legislative efforts in Washington and across America,” the letter warns. “We will fight every day to protect the right of every American to free choice in their own health care.”