A civil suit has been filed by a group of trade associations that represent the trucking, retail and other industries, to stop the federal vaccine mandate.
In filing the suit against the Occupational Safety and Health Administration at the US Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, the groups — which include the National Retail Federation, the National Federation of Independent Business, and the American Trucking Associations said the mandate would “inflict irreparable harm.”
“This is not a case about the efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines, which are a marvel of modern medicine. … This is a case about American businesses that do not want to face the immediate irreparable harm of losing employees, incurring substantial and unrecoverable compliance costs, and worsening already fragile supply chains and labor markets,” the groups claim in their suit.
The OSHA mandate earlier requires businesses with 100 or more employees to require all their employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19 or get tested on a weekly basis starting Jan. 4.
In a statement, NRF President Matthew Shay said that both the December deadline to get proof of vaccination from employees and the January deadline to roll out the testing program “are both unworkable and virtually impossible.”
“We have consistently and repeatedly communicated our concerns about the practical challenges of meeting those arbitrary targets,” he said. “However, it appears that our only remaining course of action is to petition for judicial relief,” Shay said.