Skip to comments.Shipping Companies Warn: Biden Vaccine Mandate Will Trigger Holiday Supply Chain Chaos
Posted on 10/22/2021 9:11:22 AM PDT by MNJohnnie
Cargo air shipping companies warned the White House that its proposed vaccine mandate will wreak havoc on the supply chain by putting even more strain on staffing across the industry, according to a letter sent by a cargo association to the Biden administration.
“We have significant concerns with the employer mandates announced on Sept. 9, 2021, and the ability of industry members to implement the required employee vaccinations by Dec. 8, 2021,” Stephen Alterman, the head of the Cargo Airline Association, wrote to the Office of Management and Budget, which is currently reviewing an emergency temporary standard that was submitted last week by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration that would mandate vaccines or regular testing for employees who work at firms with 100 or more workers.
With supply chains already suffering due to massive backlogs at key California ports and a shortage of truckers and other workers, the Cargo Airline Association—which represents UPS, DHL, and FedEx—said the vaccine mandate will create chaos.
President Joe Biden said that federal workers and federal contractors will have to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Contractors have until Dec. 8 to mandate their employees to get the shot. Federal contractors, which include UPS and FedEx cannot have their employees opt out of the vaccine mandate.
[T]he looming December 8 mandate for having fully vaccinat[ed] workforces creates a significant supply chain problem,” Alterman said in the letter. “This problem is further exacerbated by the fact that we are already experiencing a worker shortage, both in the air and on the ground, and any loss of employees who refuse to be vaccinated will adversely impact needed operations.”
What’s more, Alterman warned that many air cargo companies ship vital medical supplies, including COVID-19 vaccines.
Last Wednesday, Biden met with the heads of UPS, FedEx, and other firms, as well as the heads of the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, to address significant bottlenecks in shipping and supply lines. The Marine Exchange, which tracks container ships at the two major ports, said there are 169 ships in port as of Oct. 21. On Oct. 15, there were 147 ships in port, the organization reported.
Spokespeople for UPS and FedEx told Politico that both companies are still reviewing Biden’s executive order, but they’ve urged employees to get vaccinated.
Although Democrats and health officials have praised vaccine mandates as a tactic that will push the U.S. vaccination rate higher, Republicans, businesses, and unions have warned that the rule will trigger widespread economic damage and imperil the economic recovery after months of COVID-19-related lockdowns.
But Jeff Zients, who heads the White House’s COVID-19 task force, said this week that the mandates are “to get people vaccinated” and “not to punish them,” referring to federal workers.
“The requirements for federal workers and contractors will not cause disruptions to government services that people depend on,” he said, without elaborating.
Alterman appeared to disagree with Zeints’ argument, saying that hundreds of thousands of short-term workers haven’t been hired to deal with holiday workloads.
“We therefore request that the Administration take steps to recognize this problem and to delay implementation of the vaccine mandate into 2022,” he said.
The Epoch Times has contacted the Office of Management and Budget for comment.
It’s kill or be-killed time.
To progressives this is a feature.
Whatever these companies are trying to tell this administration, it is falling on deaf ears.
This is an EASY FIX by UPS and FEDEX if they had any balls.
Due to the lack of employee’s as a result of the Vaccine Mandate, we are temporarily Halting ALL Shipping to and From All New England States.
Sorry for the Inconvenience.
The rush to jab 100% of the population is an irresistible force that cannot be slowed or stopped.
One wonders why?
Imagine the Black Friday crowds this yr. We never go but see the chaos on TV. People may be fighting over the last can of green beans.
We can count on Biden to do the exact opposite of what should be done. Always. It’s almost like he thinks his job is to destroy capitalism. /s
It needs to be said at least once in every thread like this one:
Let’s go Brandon!
And to drive it home: When someone acts in ways that are obviously counter-productive it means one of two things are causing this:
1. they are an imbecile.
2. They are motivated by information and goals that are hidden, intentionally or otherwise. i.e. they are doing it on purpose and the results are exactly the results they are working for.
Everyone can see it coming, yet the Biden Bunch focus on things like Pronouns, privilege and the ‘down sides’ of patrioitism.
Nix the presents. Celebrate CHRIST this Christmas.
Even right now, Biden has by far surpassed the worst President in history.
I think people are overlooking the political aspect
Leftists are masters at manufacturing a rationalization for why their big government political polices fail.
Bugout Biden Democrats are tanking everywhere in the polling
The Democrats are rushing around in a panic trying to manufacture a scapegoat.
The scapegoat they have choose is Covid. They are not failing, Covid is stopping their “genius” plans from working.
But Biden promised to “fix” Covid. Why are you Democrats failing?
Democrats: We are not failing. Everything is working great it just those nasty unvaccinated white Trump supporting people who are causing Covid to hang around.
So the push for mandatory vaccination is based on, the mistaken, belief that if everyone get vaccinated Covid will disappear and everything will work out as planned
Democrats will never ever admit, even to themselves, they are failing because they have implemented really bad public, fiscal, monetary and energy polices
Yeah well the vax are not a priority
It all makes perfect sense if you believe its part of a massive plan....and I do.
Santa won’t be visiting Delaware this year The parts for his sleigh won’t be delivered in time
Plus you’ve been a bad boy
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