Alaska and 10 other Republican-run states filed a lawsuit on Friday against the Biden Administration’s mandate for Covid-19 vaccinations at companies with more than 100 employees.
The lawsuit, filed in the Eight Circuit Court of Appeals, was brought Arizona, Arkansas, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming together, plus the office of the Iowa Attorney General, Tom Miller, a Democrat. Several nonprofits joined the lawsuit, along with five private employers.
The filing says “This mandate is unconstitutional, unlawful, and unwise.”
Earlier in the week, some of the same governors signed a letter warning President Biden from taking the final step of enacting the deadline he promised to set during his executive order in September. But the die was cast, and OSHA filed its ruling on Thursday, giving large employers until Jan. 4 to have their workforce fully vaccinated. The rule applies to over 80 million American workers.
On Thursday, attorneys general from Kentucky, Ohio, and Tennessee sued to stop the vaccine mandate for federal contractors. That mandate deadline is Dec. 8, but some sanctions are already going into effect.
Among the private companies who joined the lawsuit are: The Rabine Group of Companies, Lawrence Transportation Company, Guy Chemical Company, Terri Mitchell, Employee of Guy Chemical Company, Independent Bakers Association