Southwest Airlines to reward vaccinated workers with extra pay and reduce Covid sick days for the unvaccinated
Southwest Airlines is cracking down on anti-vax shenanigans, offering an attractive benefit to employees who are either fully vaccinated or will be by November 15: they will receive 16 hours of extra pay (or “13 travel segments” for pilots and flight attendants).
On the other hand, employees who are not fully vaccinated by Nov. 16, they will lose “quarantine wage protections,” according to CNBC, which gives employees who have caught Covid-19 on the job up to 10 days off (beyond their holiday pay normal disease). Vaccinated employees who catch Covid at work will continue to receive these additional sick days.
Southwest isn’t the first airline to offer incentives for employees who get vaccinated – or to make it harder for those who don’t.
The airline’s new policies come months after carriers, including Delta Air Lines, American Airlines and United Airlines, offered incentives such as extra pay to encourage staff to get vaccinated. …
Transporters have taken a variety of approaches to vaccinate staff. United said last month it would require its roughly 67,000 U.S. employees to be vaccinated this fall and said it would put staff with religious exemptions on temporary unpaid leave. United’s executive vice president of human resources, Kate Gebo on Thursday told staff that 90 percent of United’s U.S. employees have been vaccinated.
Delta, for its part, plans to bill unvaccinated employees an additional $ 200 per month for the company’s health insurance starting in November.
American and Alaska Airlines announced earlier this month that they were ending wage protections for unvaccinated workers.
Image by By Tomás Del Coro from Las Vegas, Nevada, USA – Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-8 MAX N8704Q s / n 36988, CC BY-SA 2.0