General Motors will require its U.S. salaried workforce to disclose their vaccination status to help it enact the appropriate safety protocols at its offices.
Dr. Jeffrey Hess, GM’s corporate medical director, confirmed it would be asking salaried employees to disclose their vaccination status in a statement sent to The Wall Street Journal this week. The automaker does not currently require employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
Hess said having employees disclose their vaccination status will help GM determine the immunity of its workforce and thus implement appropriate safety protocols.
The UAW does not require its members to be vaccinated, although employees are required to wear PPE at work. Former UAW President Rory Gamble, who retired on June 30th of this year, said previously he would encourage UAW members to get the vaccine, but would not make it mandatory.
“UAW members are American,” Gamble said in December. “In America, you get people with different religious beliefs; you have people who are just of the opinion that they don’t take any vaccines at all. We think that should be respected. We’re very willing to sit down and work out with the companies going forward how we manage those issues.”
GM CEO Mary Barra said the automaker was still assessing whether or not to mandate vaccinations for its salaried employees in an appearance on CNBC’s pre-market morning news program Squawk Box in early August.
“Right now, we’re evaluating it and we’re in deep conversations with our stakeholders to look at what’s the right thing to do from a General Motors perspective,” Barra said.