Statement of MMA President & CEO John J. Walsh on President Biden’s Proposed Employer Vaccine Mandate

LANSING (Sept. 10, 2021) — The Michigan Manufacturers Association (MMA) today released the following statement from MMA President & CEO John J. Walsh in response to President Joe Biden’s call for the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to impose workplace safety rules mandating employers to require their employees to be vaccinated for COVID-19 or be tested weekly:

While details of the President’s proposal have not been released, MMA has long fought for — and will continue to fight for — the right of employers to maintain control over decisions that impact their business. Broad stroke employment mandates fail to recognize the unique nuances of each workplace, workforce and community. Flexibility to implement suitable workplace safety policies is critical to employee safety, talent recruitment and retention, and the ability to compete in a global economy.

MMA has also had a strong position of support for vaccination as the best method to end the COVID-19 pandemic. Voluntary incentive programs to promote vaccination make sense. However, government mandates that place enormous costs and logistical burdens on employers while they struggle with fragile supply chains and talent shortages could be devastating to our burgeoning economic recovery. Providing incentives is the logical and most successful approach to dealing with the pandemic.

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