General Electric workers protest vaccine mandate

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UPDATED 3:32 PM PT – Friday, October 22, 2021

Dozens of General Electric employees staged a walk-out over the company’s vaccine mandate.

More than 200 employees in New York protested on Friday against the company’s vaccine mandate. This comes after roughly 150 workers lined up outside of the General Electric facility in South Carolina Thursday.

GE said all its staff members must comply with the federal mandate and get vaccinated by Dec. 8. However, some of the protestors have said this isn’t about the actual vaccine, but rather about their personal rights.

“They’re not anti-vaccine, and we point that out in the letter too. They’re not anti-science, they are folks who want to have the ability to make a choice as to whether or not they take one of the COVID-19 vaccines,” said Attorney James Lawrence. “It’s a pro-individual freedom, pro-bodily autonomy position.”

Gov. Henry McMaster (R-S.C.) initially said he would fight Joe Biden’s mandate, but has now said he won’t stop businesses from mandating the vaccines. He added the state has no authority to do so.

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