Southwest Won’t Put Unvaccinated Staff Who Request A Vaccine Exemption On Unpaid Leave

Today, after its employees’ unrelenting protests, Southwest decided to “scrap” its plan to place unvaccinated workers on unpaid leave. CNBC received a copy of the letter sent by Southwest to its employees explaining the update in the Covid vaccine plan.

The December 8 deadline for Southwest’s employees to become fully vaccinated with a Covid shot is still in place. However, employees who request an exemption from the vaccine by November 24 but haven’t received approval by December 8 will NOT be put on unpaid leave.

This new update does not include the employees who have not or will not request an exemption.

Southwest CEO Gary Kelly claimed on CNBC that the delays and cancellations by the airline had “ZERO” to do with the growing protests against what several Southwest employees are saying is medical tyranny.

“This is a change from what was previously communicated. Initially, we communicated that these Employees would be put on unpaid leave, and that is no longer the case,” CNBC reported the note said.

Southwest employees have been protesting outside the facility in Dallas, Texas, for days attempting to make their concerns loud enough for the c-level decision-makers to change course and fight for their employees.

A spokeswoman for Southwest said the company “acknowledges various viewpoints regarding the Covid-19 vaccine, and we have always supported, and will continue to support, our employees’ right to express themselves, with open lines of communication to share issues and concerns.”

 

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