Must Read Alaska has learned that the board of the Alaska Railroad Corporation has met and has rescinded its decision to mandate Covid-19 vaccines for all its employees.
The railroad’s CEO Bill O’Leary sent a letter to employees last Friday, giving everyone a deadline of Dec. 8 to be vaccinated. About half of the employees are already fully vaccinated, and some employees began to talk about striking as a result of the mandate.
The board said the mandate was the result of President Joe Biden’s September executive orders requiring all federal workers, federal contractors and businesses with more than 100 employees to be fully vaccinated for Covid-19. The Alaska Railroad has numerous federal contracts, but the question remains whether the federal government will take a draconian action against the railroad and the Alaskans and military community it serves.
An official announcement is expected.