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Navy Shipbuilding company halts vaccine mandate after employees threaten to quit

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A Nave shipbuilding company has lifted the vaccine mandate after a mass threating from its employees to quit.

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) in Virginia previously this year required all its 25,000 workers to be fully vaccinated by December 8. Later, the deadline was shifted to January 4. But even this was not enough for the shipyard staff to rush for getting a jab.

The Navy in its turn confirmed it did not require the mandate.

“We have not wanted to lose a single employee to the virus, or to the effect of the mandate,” President and CEO Mike Petters wrote in a letter to employees on Nov. 17. “Importantly, with respect to Ingalls Shipbuilding and Newport News Shipbuilding, our customer has confirmed that our contracts do not include a requirement to implement the mandate. Technical Solutions employees are in a different situation and face varied requirements depending on the particular contract.”

Now the shipyard has simply softened its policy and went from requiring for strongly encouraging the employees to receive the COVID-19 vaccines.

The fully vaccinated workers said they felt tricked due to the mandate, which now no longer applies.

“They made me get it and then lifted it,” NII employee Deshawn Royal told the outlet. “I didn’t want to get it, but they said I had to get it or we were going to get fired. And then they lifted it. Y’all did us wrong.”

“And now when they take [the mandate] away, they wish they had known so they didn’t have to,” another employee said.

HII, the world’s only manufacturer of the U.S. Navy’s nuclear-powered aircraft carriers, is the parent company of Newport News Shipbuilding. The company also serves as just one of two manufacturers of Virginia- and Columbia-class submarines, according to the Epoch Times.

 

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Author: Usa Really