From BOEING to MERCEDES, worker rebellion swells over vax mandates… NYC begs for volunteer firefighters; Third of FDNY not dosed…

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INSIGHT-From Boeing to Mercedes, a U.S. worker rebellion swells over vaccine mandates

AUSTIN/SEATTLE, Nov 2 (Reuters) – In Wichita, Kansas, nearly half of the roughly 10,000 employees at aircraft companies Textron Inc and Spirit AeroSystems remain unvaccinated against COVID-19, risking their jobs in defiance of a federal mandate, according to a union official.

“We’re going to lose a lot of employees over this,” said Cornell Adams, head of the local Machinists union district. Many workers did not object to the vaccines as such, he said, but were staunchly opposed to what they see as government meddling in personal health decisions.

NYC begs for volunteer firefighters from Long Island and Upstate New York as close to one-third of FDNY staff remain unvaccinated ahead of November 1 deadline: 26 firehouses close

  • NYC has issued a state-wide call for volunteer firefighters from areas such as Long Island and Upstate New York
  • The shortage in FDNY firefighters is due to the vaccine mandate enforced by Mayor Bill De Blasio requiring all city workers to receive at least one dose by November 1
  • The announcement was written via email and sent to nearly 350 potential volunteers
  • A total of 26 New York firehouses have been forced to close after firefighters refused to get vaccinated ahead of de Blasio’s Friday deadline 
  • The FDNY stations that closed ‘due to no manpower’ include six in Manhattan, nine in Brooklyn, three in Queens, four in the Bronx and four in Staten Island 
  • On Friday De Blasio and FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro warned that the effects of the closures could ‘endanger the lives’ of city residents
  • De Blasio announced in a tweet that on Saturday alone, in the 24 hours since the deadline, 2,300 more workers got the shot meaning 91 percent of city workers are now vaccinated 
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