Common Sense Prevails

The United Auto Workers Union posted the following statement on their website yesterday:

Detroit – At a meeting Monday evening, the COVID-19 Joint Task Force, comprised of the UAW, Ford, General Motors and Stellantis, has aligned on a policy of voluntary and confidential disclosure of vaccination status for UAW members. Each company will provide additional communication to employees on how, where and when to report their vaccination status.

In addition to encouraging members to disclose their vaccination status, the Task Force continues to urge all members, coworkers, and their families to get vaccinated and get booster vaccinations against COVID-19, while understanding that there are personal reasons that may prevent some members from being vaccinated, such as health issues or religious beliefs.

After reviewing the status of CDC and OSHA guidelines, the Task Force also decided it is in the best interest of worker safety to continue masks in all worksites at this time.

While it is understood that masks can be uncomfortable, the spread of the Delta variant and recent data outlining the continued high rate of transmission in some geographic areas continue to be a serious health threat.

One of the best ways to fight this virus is by getting as many people as possible vaccinated. The more UAW members, coworkers and their families are vaccinated and have boosters, the quicker this deadly pandemic can be vanquished.

The Task Force will continue to closely monitor the COVID health status, and all legal and procedural changes to CDC and OSHA guidelines in order to ensure that everything possible is being done to keep families, members and employees safe.

In an article posted yesterday, The Conservative Treehouse notes:

A big win for medical privacy and the principles of freedom.  Ford, General Motors and Stellantis have agreed the United Auto Workers union members will not be forced to take the mandatory vaccine as a condition of employment.  [UAW Announcement] Additionally, the vaccine status of the workers will remain private with a policy of private and voluntary disclosure.

This is a step toward freedom for American workers.

Standing Up For Common Sense

The fact that the government has ignored the role of natural immunity in the fight against the coronavirus has been discussed on this website numerous times before (most recently here). The fact that natural immunity has not even been considered in the vaccine mandates is concerning. Natural immunity may actually be what finally creates herd immunity. On Saturday, The Epoch Times posted an article about what may be only one of the latest shots fired against vaccine mandates.

The article reports:

The Oklahoma National Guard’s newly appointed commander declined to implement the COVID-19 vaccine mandate ordered by the Department of Defense (DoD).

“I hereby order that no Oklahoma Guardsmen be required to take the COVID-19 Vaccine, notwithstanding any other Federal requirement. Oklahoma Command’s will continue to process Federal vaccine waivers in accordance with DoD policy. Additionally, no negative administrative or legal action will be taken against Guardsmen who refuse the COVID-19 Vaccine,” Army Brig. Gen. Thomas Mancino wrote in a policy memorandum issued on Nov. 11, 2021.

Oklahoma Gov. J. Kevin Stitt has asked U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin for waivers of the vaccine mandate and is waiting for a decision, Mancino said in the memo.

The Oklahoma National Guard’s newly appointed commander declined to implement the COVID-19 vaccine mandate ordered by the Department of Defense (DoD).

“I hereby order that no Oklahoma Guardsmen be required to take the COVID-19 Vaccine, notwithstanding any other Federal requirement. Oklahoma Command’s will continue to process Federal vaccine waivers in accordance with DoD policy. Additionally, no negative administrative or legal action will be taken against Guardsmen who refuse the COVID-19 Vaccine,” Army Brig. Gen. Thomas Mancino wrote in a policy memorandum issued on Nov. 11, 2021.

Oklahoma Gov. J. Kevin Stitt has asked U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin for waivers of the vaccine mandate and is waiting for a decision, Mancino said in the memo.

The article notes:

In the memo, Mancino stated that Stitt is the “lawful Commander in Chief” of all Oklahoma national guardsmen unless they’re federally mobilized under Title 10.

Mancino’s memo reflects “the governor’s ability to assert his command authority over the men and women of the Oklahoma National Guard while they are within the state’s borders,” not when they take part in activities operated by the U.S. Defense Department, Oklahoma National Guard spokesperson Lt. Col. Geoff Legler told The Oklahoman.

Stay tuned.

 

An Interesting Piece Of Information

Sharyl Attkisson posted the following on her website today:

Read the full statement below:

“The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has been working expeditiously to develop an emergency temporary standard that covers employers with 100 or more employees, firm- or company-wide, and provides options for compliance. Covered employers must develop, implement, and enforce a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy, unless they adopt a policy requiring employees to choose either to get vaccinated or to undergo regular COVID-19 testing and wear a face covering at work. The ETS also requires employers to provide paid time to workers to get vaccinated and paid sick leave to recover from any side effects. On November 1, the Office of Management and Budget completed its regulatory review of the emergency temporary standard. The Federal Register will publish the emergency temporary standard in the coming days.

– U.S. Department of Labor spokesperson