President Joe Biden released a Jan. 4 deadline to his federal vaccine mandate for employers with at least 100 workers this week, but now truck drivers are pushing back.
The International Foodservice Distributors Association responded with an open letter calling out Biden’s mandate.
They warn the mandate could lead to shortages of workers even amidst the nation’s supply chain issues.
“Our industries are committed partners in the fight against COVID-19, and we unequivocally support the use of vaccines to fight its spread. However, we are concerned a mandate will cripple an already strained supply chain,” the letter reads. “We estimate companies covered by the mandate could lose 37% of drivers at a time when the nation is already short 80,000 truck drivers. We ask for flexibility for transportation and supply chain essential workers, particularly truck drivers who spend most of their time in their trucks and have minimal contact with colleagues and customers.”
This is not the only group warning of the economic fallout.
The Job Creators Network, a group that represents businesses around the country, filed a lawsuit against Biden’s mandate and pointed out the economic consequences of the new rule.
“In the Biden administration’s latest offensive in the war on small business, the White House, through the Department of Labor, is imposing a de facto vaccine mandate that will impact more than 80 million private-sector employees—many of which work at small businesses,” the group said. “The move is an overreach of the executive’s authority, which is why JCN has filed a lawsuit together with its small business members to stop it.”
Biden has defended his mandate, arguing it will save lives.
“And vaccination requirements are nothing new. We’ve been living with them throughout our lives for all sorts of diseases,” Biden said. “Safety rules in the workplace are nothing new either. We require hard hats in construction sites and safety goggles in labs. And with today’s actions, we now have requirements to protect people from something that has taken the lives of 750,000 Americans.”