Another Major Trucking Group Issues Dire Warning About Biden’s Vaccine Mandates
Alexandria, VA – Another major trucking group is raising serious concerns about vaccine mandates on private businesses.
In a newly released statement, the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) is warning implementation of vaccination mandates recently announced by President Joe Biden could lead to a “massive driver exodus” from the trucking industry.
“Already faced with a shrinking pool of drivers from COVID-19 itself, we are all confronted with the pervasive challenge of locating qualified drivers to deliver our nation’s freight safely, effectively, and efficiently,” said Jim Ward, TCA’s current chairman. “As chairman of your association, I urge you to contact your Senators and Representatives to explain the ramifications this plan could potentially have on our industry.”
Mr. Biden’s Executive Orders (EOs) will force businesses — employing 100 people or more — to require its workers to take the COVID-19 vaccine or test negative weekly.
All motor carriers hauling federally-contracted freight must also require its workforce be vaccinated with no option to opt out via weekly testing.
TCA’s warning comes on the heels of trucking’s most powerful lobbyist in Washington D.C., the American Trucking Associations (ATA), calling the mandates “discriminatory.”
“If these mandates are designed to protect Americans, then why the discriminatory 100-employee threshold, picking winners and losers for both employees and employers?” Chris Spear, ATA’s president, recently questioned.
Further, ATA also hinted at possible legal action.
So far, two dozen state attorneys general are also threatening to challenge the mandates in court.
Trucking stakeholders are hoping to avert significant losses to its workforce — like the healthcare industry is currently experiencing — due to the vaccine mandates.