The American Trucking Association (ATA) is trying to decide on whether it might be better to cancel all government contracts rather than to fire the number of truckers necessary to comply with Biden’s COVID mandates. Government contracts may be lucrative, but they are already 80,000 truck drivers below capacity. They can just haul private freight and keep the drivers they have busy. That would save them from firing 50% of the drivers currently working.
Besides, it’s better to cripple the federal government than private enterprise. It will hurt our military complex, but sooner or later, Biden’s bosses will be forced to give in and load a speech on his teleprompter reversing the policy. But without hauling for the government, it would free up more drivers to ease the supply line crisis.
Executive Vice President for Advocacy Bill Sullivan said:
“I am confident, but with heavy heart recognize a vaccine mandate will mean less capacity for the government as a customer of freight. It has the potential to seriously impact military readiness.”
“I feel like the president has tried to be beautifully simple like this could apply to everybody, and by doing that, there will be an impact.”
Other shipping agencies are ready to fight back against the mandates and have asked the Biden administration to put off the mandate until 2022. They include UPS, FedEx, and Amazon, represented by the Cargo Airline Association.
Businesses could suffer the most after having had to endure the draconian lockdowns from state, local, and federal governments. Ironically, those areas have much higher rates of COVID than the ones that never locked down or locked down just briefly like South Dakota, Florida, and Texas.
“As everyone enters their high season, the Administration’s corporate COVID-19 vaccine mandate for government contractors threatens to be a major stumbling block in servicing our customers during the Holidays,” wrote Stephen Alterman, president of the Cargo Airline Association, Politico first reported. “This December 8 mandate comes at a time when the industry is already faced with a growing worker shortage — a shortage that is likely to expand if employees decide to quit or retire rather than become vaccinated.”
Members of the aerospace, distribution, defense and trucking sectors are warning the Biden administration they will not be able to meet its vaccine deadline https://t.co/YZsWEr9W89
— POLITICO (@politico) October 31, 2021
White House press secretary was asked Wednesday if the administration would consider delaying the mandate’s implementation.
“Well, I think it’s important for people to understand that the first step here is not firing or quitting; the first step is counseling, and sometimes there are alternative options as well,” she said. “Beyond that, I don’t have anything to predict or preview for you into in terms of a change of timeline.”