Sumary of Labor unions sue Biden administration to expand vaccine mandates and cover smaller businesses:
- Several of the nation’s largest labor unions are suing over President Joe Biden’s vaccine and testing requirements, not to overturn them, but to expand them to cover more businesses.
- The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union and the AFL-CIO asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia last week to review the requirements.
- The AFL-CIO is the largest federation of trade unions in the U.S., and the UFCW is the largest meatpacking and food procession union.
- While the unions did not provide arguments in their petition, a spokesman for the food workers union told CNBC the group wants the mandates expanded to cover as many businesses as possible.
- The union also wants the new Labor Department rule to ensure employees don’t have to cover the costs of Covid testing and facemasks.
- “The Service Employees International Union also challenged Biden’s vaccine and testing requirements last week in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
- SEIU local 32BJ represents 175,000 workers – primarily building security guards and cleaners – across New York, New England, New Jersey, parts of Pennsylvania, the D.
- The service employees, in their petition, said the Biden policy “fails to adequately protect all workers who face a grave danger from COVID-19 exposure in the workplace.