American Airlines and Alaska Airlines will no longer cover Covid-19 quarantine time for employees who have not been vaccinated against the virus, the latest push to vaccinate employees.
“In the future, there is an FDA approved vaccine, pandemic leave will only be granted to team members who are fully vaccinated and who provide us with their vaccination cards,” American said in a note from service Thursday. The change begins October 1, and unvaccinated workers will have to use their sick or sick leave if they miss work due to COVID.
A similar change at Alaska Airlines went into effect on August 30.
Both airlines have stopped establishing a vaccination mandate, as United Airlines announced last month, and the policy changes show divergent tactics between carriers to encourage workers to get vaccinated.
Alaska Airlines said Thursday it would pay employees $ 200 if they disclosed their proof of COVID-19 vaccination by October 15, and said those who do not will be treated as unaffiliated. Unvaccinated employees must wear masks at all times while at work and participate in a “mandatory immunization education program”.
Southwest Airlines, which also does not require employees to be vaccinated, said it would restore pay or paid time off to workers who had to be quarantined due to or after a Covid-19 infection. person tested positive, in retrospect. To keep in close contact with. June 16. The company canceled this program in mid-June, citing a drop in Covid cases and high vaccine availability.
The Southwest Pilots Union sued the airline earlier this week, alleging that a number of COVID-related policies, including termination of paid time off for transition or transition, required negotiations with the union.
“As COVID-19 cases continue to rise, due to the Delta version, Southwest is taking an additional step to support our employees by implementing a quarantine compensation program,” a spokesperson for Brandi said. King. The new policy will restore leave balances for employees “who were previously, and responsibly, quarantined for company-related incidents over the summer, as cases increased in the general population across the board. the country “.
Delta Air Lines announced last week that it would impose a monthly supplement of $ 200 on employees covered by the company’s health insurance on November 1 if they did not get vaccinated. Atlanta-based carrier