Dias said six Unifor employees refuse to get the jab and that “we’ll deal with them,” but didn’t elaborate.
“We’re very much in favour of vaccine policies; it’s the only way we’re going to get through this pandemic,” Dias told me.
So why fight them on the shop floor but implement them in your ivory tower? It doesn’t make sense. It doesn’t add up.
And for the record, vaccines aren’t the only way out of this pandemic. Masks are part of the solution. But to my knowledge, Unifor members aren’t walking off the job because they’re asked to wear paper surgical masks while they work.
I suppose rapid tests could be deployed a few times a week, in the same way unvaccinated teachers in Ontario are tested. But rapid antigen tests aren’t as accurate as the molecular tests, the results of which can take up to 24 hours to get. So, positive asymptomatic people can slip by the gates and onto the assembly lines in Windsor, Brampton, Oakville and Ingersoll, Ont.
And remember, the union itself has “a heckuva lot of employees” who have “zero intention” of working alongside someone who is unvaccinated. So why is the union protecting its own vaccinated employees more than its vaccinated members?
Unifor Local 444 President Dave Cassidy called the vaccine policy “the most divisive” issue he has ever dealt with. And there is no doubt it’s a wedge in society at large.
But the issue boils down to this: You can please some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time.
It’s time for Jerry Dias to decide: Whom does he want to please? Those in favour of vaccines or those who are not?
Dias knows vaccines are a choice, and his own local presidents know what that means.
“If you don’t want to get vaccinated, that’s your choice,” Cassidy said on Oct. 14. “With choices, sometimes there are consequences, [including] discharge.”
So, now what — or, rather, who—is it going to be? Because you can’t please all of the people all of the time.