Boeing employees protest vaccine mandate in Everett

Boeing employees outside the Machinist union hall on Friday. (KIRO Radio, Nicole Jennings)

(KIRO Radio, Nicole Jennings)

A few dozen people stood in the rain outside the Machinist union hall in Everett on Friday protesting the vaccine mandate Boeing announced this week.

Boeing announced on Tuesday that all employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or get an approved exemption by Dec. 8, 2021.

As a federal contractor, Boeing says it is under order from President Joe Biden to require employee vaccinations.

The Machinist union released a statement on Friday, acknowledging that the mandate is a divisive issue for its members, asking employees to choose “between beliefs or their jobs.” The mandate does not allow for a testing option, unless approved for medical or religious exemption.

“We are not anti-vaccine, but we disagree with a vaccine mandate. We don’t believe that is right,” the union wrote in its memo.

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