President Biden is due to meet with senior executives from Microsoft, the Walt Disney Company, Kaiser Permanente and other companies that have approved vaccination warrants on Wednesday, a few daysurs after announcing a federal effort to demand that employees of large companies be vaccinated against the coronavirus or be tested regularly.
The meeting will highlight Mr Biden's argument that vaccination mandates are good for the economy, according to a White House official said, while highlighting employers who have mandates for workers or who praised Mr. Biden's order. The official said the meeting was aimed at rallying more corporate support for the mandates.
One of the guests at the meeting, Tim Boyle, managing director of Columbia Sportswear, said in an interview Wednesday that his company drafted a policy making vaccines mandatory months ago. But he had reachedndu to run it until Mr. Biden announced last week that it is directing the Ministry of Labor to issue a safety statement emergency that would work effectively as a vaccination warrant for tens of millions of workers. Columbia Sportswear has told its employees it will implement a vaccine requirement next week.
Mr. Boyle said Columbia feared that by acting alone he would lose up to half of his employees in distribution centers and retail stores. Mr Biden's order, he said, has reduced the risk that workers who do not want to be vaccinated will leave to work elsewhere.
" There are far fewer possibilities for people to go anywherewhere they don't need to be vaccinated, ”he said.
Mr. Boyle said the vaccinations had "damaged Columbia's workforce." Managers at its Portland, Oregon headquarters have largely embraced the shots, he said, but retail and warehouse workers across the country have been more reluctant. He said the reluctance had hurt the business, with infections and the threat of infection forcing the locations to close and clean up.
" These operations rely on people working closely together, "he said. Having unvaccinated workers is "very disruptive.
Several of the companies that are due to meet with Mr. Biden have already installed warrants, for at least part of their time. labor, including Disney , Walgreens and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.