Employees, Families, Others Protest Vaccine Mandate In Front Of Everett Boeing Plant

October 15, 2021

Everett, Everett Economy

It started Friday afternoon around 1:30 PM with a few dozen and grew to hundreds by the time first shift was over. An exuberant crowd demonstrated against the Boeing Company’s December 8th vaccine mandate.

The crowd filled the sidewalk in front of the IAM 751 Union Hall on Airport Road and in front of the employee parking entrance across the street. On Tuesday. the company announced the vaccine mandate to comply with President’s Biden’s COVID-19 vaccination plan.

Boeing employees in Everett, Washington and other locations in the United States have to either show proof of being fully vaccinated from COVID-19 or have an approved reasonable accommodation by the 8th of December.

Today IAM District 751, the Union that represents a majority of Everett factory workers, put out a statement advising they are against the mandate and will work to bargain with the company. Here’s an excerpt:

A vaccine mandate puts members in the untenable position to choose between their beliefs or losing their jobs. We are not anti-vaccine, but we disagree with a vaccine mandate. We don’t believe that is right.

Again, we begin effects bargaining today and will make proposals supporting all our members. We have received many phone calls and emails with various concerns. We will work to return all calls and emails as soon as possible.

We began hearing this week about potential walkouts or wildcat strikes. We want to be clear. The Union cannot encourage a wildcat strike, withholding our labor, a sick out or walk out in any form, due to the no strike/no lockout clause in our contract.

You can read the full statement here.

Here are some MyEverettNews.com photos of the folks demonstrating and signs displayed Friday afternoon. Click photo to enlarge.

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