Some truckers chose to quit instead of complying with the federal vaccine mandate
CHICAGO (NewsNation Now) – President Joe Biden’s recently announced sweeping vaccine requirements for as many as 100 million Americans are forcing some truckers across the country to quit their jobs.
“The biggest problem that drivers face is that they don’t trust the vaccine, they are afraid of side effects, the government is imposing it on them,” said Michael Kucharski, vice president of JKC Trucking.
Kucharski said he supports the vaccine and educates employees about their benefits, but does not support Biden’s mandate for companies with 100 or more employees to require vaccinations.
The Biden administration said the companies would face a $ 13,600 fine per violation. Employees who do not want to be vaccinated are supposed to be tested weekly.
“We are in pain. So if a truck driver quits, he could call 20 trucking companies right now, and over the phone, all 20 will hire him instantly, ”Kucharski said. “We are all fighting for the same drivers. Not only are we hammered by COVID right now and the driver shortage, but now that mandate is coming and it’s going to make it even worse for us to retain these employees. “
But some companies welcome the mandate. Donlen Corporation, a fleet rental company north of Chicago, says it likely would have forced its 320 employees to get vaccinated, regardless of the tenure.
The company hosts vaccination events and even offers cash incentives of up to $ 150 for early compliance.
And they are not alone.
A group representing the CEOs of 200 major companies, including Amazon, Google, Apple and Walmart, has said it supports the Biden administration’s vaccine or testing mandate.
United Airlines has announced that nearly 600 employees will be released for breach of the mandate. This can serve as a stark warning to the reluctant that vacancies for the unvaccinated are dwindling.
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