Union wants to expand vaccine requirement
- By FederalSoup Staff
- Sep 22, 2021
One of the largest federal employee unions is applauding the federal government policy requiring proof of COVID vaccination for foreign nationals to be cleared for entry, if arriving by air to the United States.
The labor organization—the National Treasury Employees Union, with approximately 29,000 Customs and Border Protection employees at air, sea and land ports of entry to the country—is also publicizing its call for the proof of vaccine requirement be applied at all sea and land border crossings, too.
“CBP employees have been on the job throughout the pandemic, processing legitimate trade and travel, interdicting illegal drugs and products, and inspecting cargo for invasive pests or disease,” Tony Reardon, NTEU’s president, said in a release. “The least we can do is to make sure everyone they come into contact with is inoculated against COVID-19 and has recently tested negative.”
“On any given day, thousands of CBP employees are face-to-face with deplaning passengers, cargo ship crew, migrants, asylum-seekers and routine border crossers,” Reardon added. “Extending the vaccine mandate beyond those who work at the ports to those who also use the ports would make the federal workplace—and the entire country—safer.”
There are 328 ports of entry to the U.S. More than 11,000 CBP employees have contracted COVID so far during the pandemic, according to NTEU—and 43 have died of the virus.