ATA to Meet With White House Over Concerns Vaccine Mandates Will ‘Create Workforce Crisis’
Washington D.C. – Trucking’s most powerful lobbying group continues sounding the alarm about the expected negative impacts of the Biden Administration’s looming vaccination requirements.
Last month, President Joe Biden issued two sweeping Executive Orders (EO) imposing COVID-19 vaccination requirements on federal contractors and private businesses with 100 employees or more, including trucking companies.
The “emergency rule” will be unveiled soon by the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
However, the American Trucking Associations (ATA) is continuing to warn the Biden Administration of the risk to America’s supply chain if it follows through with implementation of the coercive vaccine measures.
In a letter sent last week to the White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Chris Spear, president of ATA, argued the mandate could cost larger carriers 37% of their driving workforce through a combination of retirements, resignations and drivers leaving to join smaller companies not covered by the requirements.
“Now placing vaccination mandates on employers, which in turn force employees to be vaccinated, will create a workforce crisis for our industry and the communities, families and businesses we serve,” Spear wrote.
ATA representatives are reportedly set to meet with the OMB on Tuesday, October 26.
Mega carriers such as UPS and FedEx have also met with White House officials in prior weeks to express their concerns.
Still, despite the warnings from trucking stakeholders and the ongoing supply chain crisis, the Biden Administration has shown no sign of slowing down the rulemaking or reconsidering its position on the issue.