Immunization obligations conflict with hard workers

Southwestern workers at the company’s headquarters (Jim Diz, Twitter) opposed the vaccination order.

October 23, 2021

By David Sharp, Mike Catalini and Stephanie Dazio Associated Press

BATHROOM, Maine (AP) – Josh “Chevy” Chevalier is a third-generation shipbuilder who did not miss a day of the epidemic welding of the Navy Coast Guard.

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But all U.S. businesses with federal contractors and 100 or more employees are ready to step down on President Joe Biden’s order to fully immunize Covidy-19.

“People are fighting for their constitutional rights – the way they think their lives should be,” said Chevalier, one of hundreds of employees at Base Iron.

Chevalier is one of the few but significant American workers who has decided to quit his job and work in protest of the detriment of his freedom.

Biden’s administration, public health officials, and many business leaders agree that the immunization requirements are legal, and that they are a wise move to help the world survive the epidemic that has killed more than 700,000 Americans and killed nearly 5 million people worldwide.

Their dedicated staff is a small fraction of the total workforce, and many cities, states, and businesses report that they are fulfilling the obligations of 9 out of 10 employees.

However, they have the potential to cause disruption in the narrow labor market, and the COVID-19 crisis has become the latest way to overcome the reluctance to vaccinate over the summer. In most cases, the reasons for the objections are based on misinformation.

Rebels come from all kinds of professions – defense industry workers, police officers, firefighters, educators and health care workers. In Seattle, a team of city firefighters put on their shoes on Tuesday to protest the immunization requirements.

Thousands demanded religious or medical freedoms that were denied; Others are not told what to do and are either stopped or fired.

Nick Rolovich, a football coach at Washington State University, was fired from his $ 3.2 million-a-year job on Monday along with four assistants. The first college coach, Rolovich, who lost his job due to vaccination, said he was religiously inclined, but declined to comment. He is being prosecuted.

Conflict over power is likely to escalate in the coming weeks. Employers with 100 or more employees are expected to move forward on any given day by ordering all employees to be vaccinated or have a weekly check-up, although enforcement does not begin for several weeks. The federal contractors’ rule will take effect in December, there is no trial option, but many businesses, governments and schools are already implementing missions.

Groups representing the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other large employers have warned that their employees could easily migrate to small businesses that do not meet immunization requirements. The council warned that this could create a challenge for large retailers entering the holiday season and create other disruptions.

Individuals who have left their jobs and are looking for jobs that do not need vaccines are sharing information on social media. Small employers looking for workers, such as RedBalloon, are moving to online job boards, with employers promising that they will not be required to hire vaccines.

Redbolon founder and CEO Andrew Krautchets said the online board started two months ago for those who “want to work and don’t want to get involved in politics.” More than 800 companies have been posted, and more than 250,000 people have visited the site.

Some states, Texas, Montana, and Florida, are preparing to fight or reduce Biden’s obligations. Texas Administrator Greg Abbott issued an executive order Monday barring anyone from seeking immunizations.

Florida Gov. Ron Desantis said Thursday that a special session to pass legislation to combat immunization obligations will be held. ”

Melissa Alfieri-Collins, a 44-year-old mother of two, says she has been released as a nurse at the Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune, New Jersey, instead of having a routine COVID-19 test.

The hospital was aware of her request for medical treatment, but she objected, saying only those who had not been vaccinated could transmit the disease.

“My family and I have had a long conversation, and I really don’t want to compromise my values,” said Alphieri-Collins, who hopes to become a nurse and follow her own experience.

“I am very sad because I love my patients because I am a nurse and my patients love me,” she said. Anthony Polensky, director of strategic partnership at technology hiring company, asks, “Will this company force me to take a jeep?” He said he was looking for candidates who wanted to know more. Pollensky often leaves former employers because of a vaccination order.

“They don’t want their vaccine status to be related to their work,” he said.

At the shipyard in Maine, there is growing frustration among union members.

On Friday, some 100 sailors protested against being forced to gather outside the ship for a lunch break. They took to the streets, carrying signs of opposition to the mission and using four-letter words expressing their feelings about the president and his immunity.

There are fears that the union could lose more than 1,000 employees or 30% of its membership under federal authority.

Dean Graziusos, a 33-year-old base worker, said he knew the vaccinated co-workers, friends and family members infected with the CV-19 infection. Such infections are rare and people who are vaccinated with CV-19 often have mild symptoms and are less likely to be hospitalized or die.

The 53-year-old is still determined to get the shot.

“I’m still in the air,” he said. But I have a big decision to make.


Catalini reports from Trenton, New Jersey and Dazio from Los Angeles. Anthony Izagirir, secretary of the Associated Press in Talahase, Florida, contributed to this report.

The Wyoming Department of Health provides online CVD-19 cases, differences, deaths, diagnoses, hospital and immunization information. The department shares information on how the information is interpreted. Covide-19 safety tips are available from CDC.

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