AT&T mandates COVID-19 vaccine for 150,000 unionized workers

  • AT&T said it requires staff represented by the CWA union to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
  • The CWA union says it represents more than 150,000 AT&T employees.
  • This follows a mandate in August that required most AT&T executives to be vaccinated by October 11th.

AT&T announced on Wednesday that it would require most of its union employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 before entering the workplace.

The wireless operator, one of the largest employers of unionized workers, said in a statement that employees who were members of the union Communications Workers of America (CWA) must be fully vaccinated by February 1, 2022.

CWA represents more than 150,000 employees at AT&T, the union says on its website.

This follows a mandate implemented in August, which required most of AT & T’s executives to be vaccinated by October 11th.

Insider has contacted CWA for comments on the mandate.

AT&T said in its latest annual report that it had about 230,000 employees per year. January 31, and that from that date was just over a third of unions. These workers were represented by CWA and other unions, it said.

President Joe Biden’s vaccine rules, announced Sept. 9, require companies with more than 100 employees to mandate vaccines or weekly tests. The administration has not stated when this rule will enter into force.

Big Tech companies, including Facebook, Google and Microsoft, as well as major US airlines such as United and Delta, have also imposed vaccines on employees.

Some companies have encouraged employees to be vaccinated through bonuses and other benefits. Amazon announced in August a contest that gave front-line workers the chance to win $ 500,000 in cash, cars and vacation packages if vaccinated against COVID-19.

Meat company Tyson Foods said in early September that unions had agreed to support the demand that U.S. employees be vaccinated against COVID-19 by November 1, adding that it would offer staff new benefits, including 20 hours. paid sick leave.

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