Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, an important announcement was made by the United airlines on March 10, 2022. The unvaccinated employees will be allowed by the company to return to work starting from March 28, 2022. Apart from that the airline has also appealed to the Federal appeals court to dismiss the COVID-19 mandate. The carrier in a memo said that nearly 2,200 of its employees are vaccinated and was also one of the first airlines to mandate employees vaccines.
The memo added that they are planning to bring back the employees who were out on an approved accommodation and would be ready for their normal positions from March 28, 2022. The airline while explaining to the federal appeals court said that the decision was taken while considering the changes in the situation and also the severity of the pandemic. United Airlines also assured that they are also working as per the guidance of the public-health authorities. The airline has also said that the changes are being applied on the employees who were placed on a temporary unpaid leave and also those who were on a temporary basis placed on other jobs.
Scott Kirby, the United Chief Executive said that out of nearly 67,000 of its employees, 200 did not comply with the mandate and were fired. The airline had also said that the airline did not have any plans to hire those employees. The memo has also brought to notice the sharp decline to the number of COVID-19 cases in the United States and that the CDC has also relaxed the mask guidelines. The statement has also assured that incase of a new variant or if things take a turn, then they would reevaluate the situation and apply all the necessary measures as per protocol.
The airline had made it mandatory for the employees to get vaccinated, but there were a number of employees who continued to remain unvaccinated.
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