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Legislative Updates

Executive orders require COVID-19 vaccines for federal employees and contractors

On Sept. 9, President Biden issued two executive orders regarding COVID-19 vaccines. One requires all federal employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and the other requires all federal contractors to be vaccinated.

In addition to these executive orders, President Biden also announced that the Department of Labor is developing an emergency rule requiring all employers with 100 or more employees to require their workers to be fully vaccinated or show a negative COVID-19 test at least once a week.

“If we raise our vaccination rate, protect ourselves and others with masking and expanded testing, and identify people who are infected, we can and we will turn the tide on COVID-19,” President Biden said.

Currently, it is unclear how the executive orders and emergency rule will affect letter carriers and the Postal Service. As more information becomes available, NALC will review and bargain over any rulings that affect our members.

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