Michigan business leaders urge President Biden to reconsider vaccine mandate

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MICHIGAN – A group of Michigan business leaders on Monday asked President Biden to reconsider a proposed vaccine mandate.

The Michigan Chamber of Commerce and six local chambers have raised a host of concerns and questions about the order, which would require companies with more than 100 workers to impose the COVID-19 vaccine or test employees for the virus every week .

This could affect around two million workers statewide.

Officials believe the mandate puts companies in an unfair political and logistical position. They expect details to be announced later this week or next week.

Some of the concerns include worsening staff shortages, how long companies will have to comply with the rules, and how testing is supposed to be implemented when it is not readily available in certain communities.

“The federal mandate on vaccines is well intentioned, but informally it creates a whole new level of private sector responsibility that our members, on the whole, lack the experience and resources to do at the moment. “said Niki Devitt, president. of the Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce.

“By placing the onus on our businesses to do this, to uphold and penalize not only their businesses but their employees with possible layoffs, these are unintended consequences at a time when we need our workforce. work and our talents, ”said Kara Beer, who heads The Battle Creek Chamber of Commerce.

The coalition believes that companies should be able to make their own decision without the federal government intervening.

If passed, leaders say Gov. Gretchen Whitmer hopes the rules won’t be tougher than necessary. Michigan is one of 27 states that operate and enforce their own workplace safety regulations, rather than the US government. State plans approved by OSHA must be at least as effective as the federal program.

A press conference on the new coalition took place on Monday at 11:30 a.m.

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