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Carhartt CEO Will Enforce Vaccine Mandate Despite Supreme Court Ruling

The company initially set a Jan. 4 deadline for workers to get fully vaccinated

Workwear and outdoor apparel brand Carhartt will still require workers to get vaccinated despite the Supreme Court’s ruling which invalidated the Biden administration mandate.

The popular brand employs approximately 3,000 people in the United States. 

In an email sent to employees on Jan. 14, Carhartt CEO Mark Valade said an “unvaccinated workforce is both a people and business risk” that his company “is unwilling to take.”

“We put workplace safety at the very top of our priority list and the Supreme Court’s recent ruling doesn’t impact that core value,” wrote Valade. “We, and the medical community, continue to believe vaccines are necessary to ensure a safe working environment for every associate and even perhaps their households.”

Carhartt required employees to be fully vaccinated by Jan. 4. Some locations were granted deadline extensions and have until Feb. 15 to get the vaccine. A number of employees have been granted medical and religious exemptions to its vaccine policy, Valade told CBS MoneyWatch.

The Supreme Court ruled on Jan. 13 that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration did not have the authority to enforce a mandate from President Joe Biden that required companies with more than 100 employees to stipulate workers get vaccinated or submit to testing protocols.

“Although Congress has indisputably given OSHA the power to regulate occupational dangers, it has not given that agency the power to regulate public health more broadly,” the court wrote in its decision. “Requiring the vaccination of 84 million Americans, selected simply because they work for employers with more than 100 employees, certainly falls in the latter category.”

The Biden administration subsequently called on businesses to enforce the mandate anyways.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said, “The Supreme Court’s decision on the OSHA mandate essentially means that in this pandemic, it is up to individual employers to determine whether their workplaces will be safe for employees and whether their businesses will be safe for consumers.”

The Michigan-based apparel company was founded by Valade’s great-grandfather Hamilton Carhartt in 1889 and made denim overalls for railway workers, per Forbes.

A copy of Valade’s email was shared on social media. Employees were instructed to email [email protected] with any questions.

Whiles some Twitter users applauded the company for its pro-vaccine stance, others called for Americans to boycott the brand.


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9 responses to “Carhartt CEO Will Enforce Vaccine Mandate Despite Supreme Court Ruling”

  1. mainsoda says:

    This shows again that the current batch of woke CEOs must be getting money from somewhere else. He must realize that he is alienating 80% of his consumer base with these horrible acts. Why isn’t there a profit motive in the USA anymore?

  2. Ravenbar says:

    Adamm Calhoun did a video on the appropriate response…

  3. Devilsgun says:

    Might as well go full rainbow now Carrhart… You’ve fucking wrecked yourself with this Woke assholery.

    Maybe you can make lavender overalls for the fat ass Woke cunts and get a couple more bucks before your shit goes bankrupt? Try to convince the rainbow Nazis that duck overalls are the new sexyness? Whatever man, you’re fucked.

    Never insult your customer base, idiots

  4. JeffersonsRepublic says:

    Democrats are still the elitist slave owning party. Check out this article for historical context. It does seem the author was eluding to democrats being the good guys today, but how the tides have turned over the past 2 years!

     A new economic model emerged as a result of the recurring yellow fever epidemics: immunocapitalism, which found many ways to insert privilege and division into the social structure. Newcomers were not considered acclimated and had limited opportunities for advancement, Olivarius said. People with immunity had more value because they wouldn’t get the disease again and wouldn’t disrupt the economy. ARE YOU “VACCINATED?” PROVE IT.

    Being “acclimated” meant access to jobs, credit, housing and improved social status. To be unacclimated meant lower status and stagnation. Merchants wouldn’t enter into contracts with someone who couldn’t prove acclimation, she said. Immunity conferred privileges. “VACCINE” PASSPORTS PLEASE!

    “If you were unacclimated, you could be flatly not approved for a policy or charged a very high premium,” she said. MAKE THE “UNVACCINATED” PAY LITERALLY!

    Survival and immunity also conferred a certain sense of moral superiority. It was part of the genesis stories of much of the city’s political and economic elite. Triumph over yellow fever was God’s will, manliness, morality, sobriety and honor. Those who died were judged dissipated or alcoholic, getting what they deserved, she said. THINK JIMMY KIMMEL SAYING DIES WEEZY, HOWARD STERN SAYINT SYAY AT HOME AND DIE STUPID, OR WHY MOCKING THE DEATHS OF THE UNVACCINATED IS NECESSARY.

    You can see a mercenary attitude. It has icy echoes of the past about the greater good. There’s rhetorical talk about public health versus economic crisis as separate, but they aren’t,” she said. REALLY, THE GREATER GOOD? LIKE THE CURRENT DEMS TALKING POINT.

    People in the past also thought “we can’t let the cure be worse than the disease,” she added. THE “UNVACCINATED” ARE THE DISEASE AND NOTHING IS WORSE THAN THEM.

    Olivarius finds disturbing certain parallels between attitudes toward yellow fever and those emerging toward COVID-19: ideas about building herd immunity and valuing certain lives over others. WHO IS VALUING CERTAIN LIVES OVER OTHERS?

    The potential segmenting of the population according to those who have had COVID-19 and those who have not worries Olivarius. AGAIN, WHO IS IMPLEMENTING OR PUSHING FOR SEGREGATION BASED ON “IMMUNITY”

    “The problem in the U.S. is we don’t have widespread immunity. We might end up with an immune elite to COVID who can go out to work, restaurants, the movies and parks and the non-immunes without antibodies would be stuck at home,” she said. I CANNOT MAKE THIS UP. WHO ARE THE IMMUNE ELITE?

    That could lead to people deliberately trying to get sick to get back to work again. She pointed to serious talk about issuing “immunity passports,” which would allow people who have had COVID-19 to travel freely while the movement of the “have nots” would be restricted. THIS IS TOO ON POINT.

    Pandemics and epidemics … lay bare the existing inequality and demonstrate fast and painfully who belongs in society and who does not,” she said. UNVACCINATED DO NOT BELONG IN SOCIETY. WHO PUSHES THAT?

     If there is one lesson from history that is important during this pandemic, Olivarius said, it’s that the public must have information that is accurate and truthful. WHO IS SUPRESSING DATA, INFORMATION, AND DEBATE? WE WILL RELEASE DATA OVER THE NEXT 75 YEARS.

    On a larger scale, misinformation in New Orleans was propagated by a board of health, which was responsible for collecting mortality data on a weekly basis. PROPAGATED BY A BOARD OF HEALTH? WE ARE NO LONGER REPORTING DAILY COVID DATA

    “Everyone knew the board was a propaganda arm for business,” she said, and the board made a concerted effort to keep the numbers low. A PROPAGANDA ARM FOR BUSINESS? NO SIMILARITY THERE.

    “People knew they were lying to them,” she said. YUP

    “When people live in an epidemic and the information is not reliable, it erodes trust in many things, and people take things into their own hands,” she said. YUP

    “This is hugely disruptive,” she said of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Having trust matters.” YUP

    To reduce disruption, a central message from government leaders must be “we’re in this together,” she said. PANDEMIC OF THE UNVACCINATED. UNVACCINATED BAD. MOCK THEM.

  5. HerrDoktor says:

    What is in the water at CEO parties that makes EVERY goldang CEO so susceptible to such obvious bait-and-switch tactics? I thought CEOs were supposed to be smart.
    Hey Mark, here’s a hint. When you start invading other people’s bodily autonomy and interrupting their personal risk mitigation strategies because you think yours is better, that’s the OPPOSITE OF SAFETY. Don’t make experimental irreversible medical procedures a condition of employment, ya dingus.

  6. DemonEyesJason says:

    As someone who comes from a working class family and always liked their product despite the price, I’m sure my family won’t be buying any after this. Just another company to decide to not do business with anymore.

  7. pandusa says:

    Risk to business? Not as much as what you just did. I am not sure who buys . I thought it was overpriced. I imagine that… the bottom drops out.
    Oh, and Peckerhead Psaki… -Oh it is Peppermint Patty? My mistake. You see I used to call her Woody Woodpecker (I am kinda a redhead so I CAN even in a politically correct world) and …well you understand the confusion. Ah- ha ha ha ha !

  8. spike11117 says:

    Never bought from them before, but I will avoid for sure now.

  9. TuckR8 says:

    If this doesn’t sit right with you, take your dollars elsewhere and let Carhartt know they lost you.

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