Southwest, American Airlines to require workers to be vaccinated despite Texas ban

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Southwest Airlines and American Airlines, both based in Texas, will still require employees to be vaccinated, despite the state’s new ban on vaccine mandates by private businesses. politician Report.

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why it matters: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued a sweeping executive order Monday night banning vaccine mandates by any “entity,” including private employers.

  • The new ban, signed by the Republican governor, goes beyond the state’s previous vaccine mandate ban, which applied to state government entities or entities receiving public funding.
  • Last month, the Biden administration said it would require private companies with more than 100 employees to require workers to receive the COVID-19 vaccine or test negative weekly.

big picture: “Federal action does not affect any state mandate or law, and we would be expected to comply with a presidential order to comply as a federal contractor,” a Southwest spokesperson said in a statement to Politico.

  • A representative for American Airlines told Politico that they are also reviewing the new executive order, but for the time being company leaders have believed that “the federal vaccine mandate supersedes any conflicting state laws.” And it doesn’t change anything for the American.”
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