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Unions can’t agree on vaccine mandates. Here’s where nurses, pilots, teachers, and others stand

Fast Company: “Since President Biden announced last month that tougher, farther-reaching vaccine mandates were coming to the United States, thousands of workers in dozens of industries have said they’ll get fired before they get vaccinated. This has put America’s unions in a precarious spot, having to balance the obvious needs to beat the COVID-19 pandemic and keep the country safe with efforts to represent their members’ inconsistent wishes. The result is basically a policy split unlike anything the labor movement has seen in years. America’s largest umbrella union, the AFL-CIO, immediately backed Biden’s mandate. “The resurgence of COVID-19 requires swift and immediate action,” it said in a statement, “and we commend President Biden for taking additional steps to help put an end to this crisis.” But that same day, a big AFL-CIO federation member—the American Federation of Government Employees—blasted the mandate as being beyond the pale. “We expect to bargain over this change prior to implementation,” the group’s president said. Dissent has only grown in the weeks since, and it could potentially even complicate Biden’s attempts to implement new vaccination requirements. Here’s where things stand in some of the industries hardest hit by the pandemic…”

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