Vaccine mandates create conflict with workers

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Justin Paetow, center, a tin shop worker at Bath Iron Works, takes part in a demonstration against COVID-19 vaccine mandate outside the shipyard Friday, Oct. 22, in Bath, Maine. Some American workers are making the painful decision to quit their jobs and abandon careers in defiance of what they consider intrusive vaccine mandates requiring all businesses with 100 or more workers be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. AP photo/Josh Reynolds photo
David Sharp, Mike Catalini and Stefanie Dazio The Associated Press Josh “Chevy” Chevalier is a third-generation shipbuilder who hasn’t missed a day of work during the pandemic in his job as a welder constructing Navy warships on the Maine coast. But he’s ready to walk away from his job because of an impending mandate from President Joe Biden that federal contractors and all U.S. businesses with 100 or more workers be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. “People are fighting for their constitutional rights – the way they think their life should be,” Chevalier, one of hundreds of employees at Bath Iron Works threatening to leave, said. Chevalier is among a significant number of American workers deciding whether to quit their jobs and careers in defiance of what the
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