Washington, D.C. (October 13, 2021)— In response to the Labor Department’s initial text of Biden’s vaccine mandate, the Job Creators Network (JCN) put up a billboard in the heart of Times Square criticizing it. Under the expected rule, employers with 100 or more staff members will be forced to carry out a vaccine mandate for workers or stand up a weekly coronavirus testing process. Businesses will also be responsible for covering paid time off for workers to receive the vaccine or be billed a $14,000 noncompliance fine per violation.
Yesterday’s movement from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) suggests the official rule will be unveiled in the near future. A draft was delivered to the White House for review. JCN has pledged to file a lawsuit in order to block the vaccine mandate on behalf of small businesses.
The billboard reads, “HEY JOE, TIME TO LET THE MANDATE GO!” and continues, “STOP MAKING SMALL BUSINESSES YOUR VACCINE POLICE.” View the billboard here.
Alfredo Ortiz, JCN President and CEO, released the following statement:
“Small businesses are facing the most challenging period in decades. Now, Biden’s vaccine mandate threatens to dump fuel on the raging economic dumpster fire with his de facto nationwide vaccine mandate, which will only exacerbate already crippling labor shortages for small businesses. Main Street will also be enlisted as foot soldiers to carry out and pay for the overreach of executive power. It’s one thing for a private company to require staff to be vaccinated, but it’s a whole other ballgame when the government mandates it and then forces employers to police and pay for it. JCN is ready to take legal action against the Biden administration on behalf of small businesses if the White House doesn’t change course.”