November 30, 2021

Navy contractor suspends vaccine mandate as workers threatened to quit

A Navy shipbuilding company has ended its vaccine mandate after workers threatened to quit and the Navy confirmed it did not require the mandate.

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII), the parent company of Newport News Shipbuilding, is “the world’s only manufacturer of the U.S. Navy’s nuclear-powered aircraft carriers and one of two manufacturers of Virginia and Columbia Class submarines. With 25,000 employees, it is also the Commonwealth of Virginia’s largest industrial employer,” according to Breitbart News.

Newport had previously announced plans to require all 25,000 of its workers to be fully vaccinated by Dec. 8. The deadline was later moved to Jan. 4, to allow additional time.

The deadline has now been “suspended,” with the requirement ended.

“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 Wednesday.

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,” he added.

The company continues to encourage vaccines, though the new letter no longer requires vaccination for employment.

The move adds to a growing number of companies choosing to end vaccine mandates as the Americans push back against the government overreach.

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