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Boeing workers stage protest near Seattle over U.S. vaccine mandate

Stock MarketsOct 16, 2021 06:45AM ET
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3/3 © Reuters. Boeing employees and others line the street to wave signs and American flags to protest the company's coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine mandate, outside the Boeing facility in Everett, Washington, October 15, 2021. REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson 2/3

By Eric M. Johnson

EVERETT, Wash. (Reuters) -Waving signs like "coercion is not consent," and "stop the mandate," some 200 Boeing (NYSE:BA) Co employees and others staged a protest on Friday over the planemaker's COVID-19 vaccine requirement for U.S. workers.

Boeing said on Tuesday it will require https://www.reuters.com/business/aerospace-defense/boeing-will-require-its-125000-us-employees-be-vaccinated-against-covid-19-2021-10-12 its 125,000 U.S. employees to be vaccinated by Dec. 8 under an executive order issued by President Joe Biden for federal contractors.

As the pandemic has continued to rage, Biden announced the requirement in September because a large swath of Americans have resisted vaccination even though the shots are free, widely available and declared safe by regulators.

"It's my choice and it's my body," one avionics engineer said, his voice nearly drowned out by anti-Biden chants and trucks honking to show support along the busy street outside Boeing's factory in Everett, north of Seattle.

"It's an experimental drug given under a pseudo-emergency," he added.

Another worker, an assembly mechanic, said: "This is America. We don't just do what we're told because one person says to."

Earlier this week, Boeing said employees must either show proof of vaccination or have an approved reasonable accommodation based on a disability or sincerely held religious belief by Dec. 8.

"Boeing is committed to maintaining a safe working environment for our employees," a spokesperson said. "Advancing the health and safety of our global workforce is fundamental to our values and a core priority every day."

Major U.S. airlines including American Airlines (NASDAQ:AAL) have said they will also meet the deadline imposed on federal contractors, as has aircraft parts manufacturer Spirit AeroSystems (NYSE:SPR).

"Now that he has issued the Executive Order, it is our responsibility to comply with that order," Spirit Chief Executive Officer Tom Gentile wrote in a memo to employees and seen by Reuters on Friday.

Spirit was calling back former employees as it prepares for what Gentile characterized as "one of the fastest increases in production rates in the history of our industry."

Boeing has said its mandate does not apply immediately to its sites in Texas, where Republican Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order on Monday barring COVID-19 vaccine mandates by any entity, including private employers.

Boeing workers stage protest near Seattle over U.S. vaccine mandate
 

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no spin
no spin Oct 19, 2021 9:34AM ET
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Alot of experience walking off the job. The #me generation taking over. You couldn't pay me to fly.
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no spin Oct 19, 2021 9:33AM ET
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Here is my thoughts" my body my choice". Another though no way I'm flying anytime soon. All these senior employees walking off the job retiring. They are being replaced by the Facebook generation who can't get their faces out of TikTok Face book and posting everything . Airplane mechanics , Flight tower operations, Power Plant operators, Train conductors, all gonna have disasters with this generation behind the wheel.
Sean Nolan
Pendragon Oct 16, 2021 3:58PM ET
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mabey they should be focusing on producing better aircraft
Shane Ingraham
Shane Ingraham Oct 16, 2021 3:58PM ET
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That was a good one
Rodney Dangerfield
Rodney Dangerfield Oct 16, 2021 2:15PM ET
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those non-vaxers making the people with vaccinations sick how dare them.... say that five times in a row if it still makes sense you should smack yourself lol
Rodney Dangerfield
Rodney Dangerfield Oct 16, 2021 2:12PM ET
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it's okay everyone go get your experimental vaccine and trade your physical currency in for internet money...I'm almost positive there will be no repercussions for either one....
Felipe Cardona
Felipe Cardona Oct 16, 2021 11:17AM ET
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US, the only place on Earth where people dont want to get vaccinated
Rodney Dangerfield
Rodney Dangerfield Oct 16, 2021 11:17AM ET
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you should Google who paid the highest criminal fine in history... maybe then you can wrap your head around why
Felipe Daniel
Felipe Daniel Oct 16, 2021 10:22AM ET
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Vax do not make advertisements on TV because by law they would have to disclose side effects. This experimental product was rushed the side effects will begin to show in few years. You got played.
Kwong To
Kwong To Oct 16, 2021 9:57AM ET
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Vaccinate or find another job, simple?
Felipe Daniel
Felipe Daniel Oct 16, 2021 9:57AM ET
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Why? Vaccinated can get Covid again
Ac Tektrader
Ac Tektrader Oct 16, 2021 12:08AM ET
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you're right Randall, the antivaccer conspiracy freaks are behind the demonstration.
Randall Paul
Randall Paul Oct 15, 2021 11:29PM ET
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even invest.com censored my comment. precisely why I agree with being workers something behind it is not right
Millennial Metals
Millennial Metals Oct 15, 2021 11:03PM ET
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Imagine being afraid of a mild virus with a 99% survival rate
EHDDyce FC
EHDDyce FC Oct 15, 2021 11:03PM ET
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People aren't afraid of it. In many areas we get vaccinated, mask up when needed, and continue on for the safety of others. Imagine being afraid of a vaccine with a 100% survival rating and 99.99% of no significant short term side effects. Every chemical in it has been tested and billions of doses have been given out without issue.  Imagine thinking that we should have people get sick, and drown in the medical debt, reducing spending, and watching small family businesses go under 1 by 1. Florda gets championed for opening up freely. Miami is doing well, but most other area of Florida are being hit hard like many other states in America with a massive decrease is spending. We need to get things back on track.
Felipe Daniel
Felipe Daniel Oct 15, 2021 11:03PM ET
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EHDDyce FC vax has side effects
David David
David9 Oct 15, 2021 10:47PM ET
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this is ridiculous.... just take the jab and get back to work.
Allatra Yiveh
AllatraYiveh Oct 15, 2021 10:47PM ET
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With so many evidence (see VAERS website) of vaccine adverse effect. Taking a shot has a chance of killing yourself or making severe reaction to your body. Some people would choose to just not vaccinated and deal with COVID itself with very low fatality chance rather than to gamble on myriads of potential adverse effects.
Honey Badger
Honey Badger Oct 15, 2021 10:25PM ET
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its not free 😕 country is unstaintable deficit and you are keep printing 24/7.
Kelly Pham
Kelly Pham Oct 15, 2021 10:00PM ET
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Yes, It's your choice and it's your body. But you live in a community and you are not only responsible for yourself but for the safety of others including your co-workers. Those who are protesting are nothing but selfish persons.
Roger Miller
Roger Miller Oct 15, 2021 10:00PM ET
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Antivaxers exagerate the dangers of the vaccine, while pro mandate people are fooled into believing that antivaxers are a danger. Calling antivaxers selfish implies that not taking the vaccine is preferable.
Felipe Daniel
Felipe Daniel Oct 15, 2021 10:00PM ET
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You can still get Covid again who are you protecting?
Md Shakil Ahammed Sunny
Md Shakil Ahammed Sunny Oct 15, 2021 9:25PM ET
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Vlad Lozovskiy
Vlad Lozovskiy Oct 15, 2021 8:54PM ET
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Let's go Brandon
Md Shakil Ahammed Sunny
Md Shakil Ahammed Sunny Oct 15, 2021 8:54PM ET
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thanks
Rodney Dangerfield
Rodney Dangerfield Oct 15, 2021 8:54PM ET
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I'm poor and stupid I like NASCAR
Vlad Lozovskiy
Vlad Lozovskiy Oct 15, 2021 8:54PM ET
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Rodney Dangerfield  sorry to hear that dude. take care
Jurgen Daub
Jurgen Daub Oct 15, 2021 8:07PM ET
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yeah, the virus so much safer to get a free ride to death.wondering if the same people also stop eating and drinking all the processed food and drinks and nobody knows what is in there, and so many people get sick and die from.
palmer gossett
palmer gossett Oct 15, 2021 8:07PM ET
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who made you god
Md Shakil Ahammed Sunny
Md Shakil Ahammed Sunny Oct 15, 2021 8:07PM ET
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thank you
 
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