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‘Winning’: Southwest Employees Get Wind of a Huge Victory in Their Fight Against Vaccine Mandates

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Southwest Airlines employees are receiving good news on their pushback against personally invasive vaccine mandates: Their exemptions are “all” being approved.

The word comes via Robby Starbuck, a director and producer who is running for Congress in Tennessee’s fifth district in 2022.

“A pilot at Southwest tells me the company just approved their vaccine exemption and all the exemptions from other pilots they know on the same day,” Starbuck said. “Automakers also just agreed with unions to not require the jab. We’re winning. Biden’s medical segregation policy is falling apart.”

This isn’t the first victory for the brave Southwest Airlines employees who decided to fight back rather than putting their arms out for company policy. In mid-October, one day after employees carried out a peaceful protest outside Southwest Airlines headquarters in Dallas, the company announced it will not be putting employees who are seeking exemptions to vaccine mandates on unpaid leave.

“The employee will continue to work, while following all COVID mask and distancing guidelines applicable to their position, until the accommodation has been processed,” according to an internal note sent to employees that was obtained by Fox Business.

“Earlier this month, Southwest became the latest airline to require its employees to get inoculated by Dec. 8, although it still gave employees the option to apply for medical or religious exemptions,” the report said.

“The Dallas-based carrier said it began mandating vaccines for its 54,000 employees in order to comply with new rules from the Biden administration requiring companies with federal contracts to have a fully vaccinated staff,” the report added.

Southwest’s CEO Gary Kelly earlier said in an interview on ABC News’ “Good Morning America” that employees would not be terminated over the company’s vaccine mandate, despite earlier company correspondence to the contrary.

“We are not going to fire any employees over this,” Kelly said.

The Texas-based company famously experienced a reported “sick out”: There was major flight service disruption that occurred within 48 hours of a lawsuit filed by the Southwest Pilots Association, which specifically mentioned the vaccine mandate.

“Southwest Airlines Co. pilots asked a court to temporarily block the company from carrying out federally mandated coronavirus vaccinations until an existing lawsuit over alleged U.S. labor law violations is resolved,” Bloomberg reported on October 8.

“The Southwest Airlines Pilots Association’s filing also asked for an immediate hearing on the request before a federal court in Dallas, claiming the carrier has continued to take unilateral actions that violate terms of the Railway Labor Act, which governs airline-union relations,” the report continued. “Those steps include the Covid-19 vaccination requirement.”

In related news, a federal appeals court in November delivered a serious blow to President Biden’s unlawful federal vaccine mandate. The Fifth District Court of Appeals’ decision to maintain an emergency stay over the objections of the Biden administration underscored the earlier ruling the vaccine mandate incurs “grave statutory and constitutional issues.” The legal decision’s ramifications were interpreted by legal analysts as ‘national in scope.’

The attorneys general of 11 states have filed a lawsuit to stop the federal government from enforcing its blatantly unconstitutional vaccine mandate. Separately, another lawsuit by 7 states has been filed, in addition to single lawsuits by Texas and Florida.

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Biden On Supply Chain Crisis: ‘Remember Cabbage Patch Kids Back In The ‘80s Or Beanie Babies In The ‘90s’

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President Joe Biden attempted to downplay widespread supply chain issues across the country this holiday season by suggesting that it is similar to past years when popular toys were not widely available.

“If you’ve watched the news recently, you might think the shelves in all our stores are empty across the country, that parents won’t be able to get presents for their children on holidays — this holiday season. But here’s the deal: For the vast majority of the country, that’s not what’s happening,” Biden claimed. “Because of the actions the administration has taken in partnership with business and labor, retailers and grocery stores, freight movers and railroads, those shelves are going to be stocked.”

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“Now, I can’t promise that every person will get every gift they want on time. Only Santa Claus can keep that promise. But there are items every year that sell out, that are hard to find,” Biden said. “Some of you moms and dads may remember Cabbage Patch Kids back in the ‘80s or Beanie Babies in the ‘90s, or other toys that have run out at Christmas time in past years when there was no supply chain problem.”

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Biden then attempted to address Americans’ concerns over inflation by trying to portray the problem as not a uniquely American problem.

“Here are a few things you should know: Just about every country in the world is grappling with higher prices right now as they recover from the pandemic,” Biden claimed. “In the United Kingdom, price increases have hit a 10-year high.  In Germany, a 28-year high.  In Canada, price increases are the highest they’ve been since the ‘90s. This is a worldwide challenge — a natural byproduct of a world economy shut down by the pandemic as it comes back to life.”

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said this week that he expects high inflation to continue well into 2022 and that the U.S. government should stop trying to portray the situation as “transitory.”

“So I think the word transitory has different meanings to different people,” Powell told Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) during a Senate hearing on Tuesday. “To many, it carries a time, a sense of short-lived. We tend to use it to mean that it won’t leave a permanent mark in the form of higher inflation. I think it’s probably a good time to retire that word and try to explain more clearly what we mean.”

“We will use our tools to make sure that higher inflation does not become entrenched,” Powell continued, adding that high inflation would “certainly” continue “through the middle of next year.”

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UK: eAlert: 2 December 2021 – National Tree Week

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In this eAlert, we give you a full round-up of news from National Tree Week 2021. Source: GOV.UK

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Cross River ‘In Pains’ As Former Senate President Joseph Wayas Dies

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Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State on Thursday in Calabar expressed regret at the death of Second Republic Senate President, Dr Joseph Wayas.

He described the death as “a monumental loss’’ to Cross River in particular and to Nigeria in general.

Wayas died in the early hours of Tuesday at a London hospital at the age of 80 years. He was born on May 21, 1941.

He was Nigeria’s senate president in the Second Republic between 1979 and 1983.

Governor Ayade’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Christian Ita, said in a statement that the governor remarked that Wayas left indelible footprints on the sands of time.

“As a state, Cross River is in pains as we mourn the passing of our illustrious son. He was a rare gem. The demise of Dr Wayas is indeed a monumental loss to our dear state and Nigeria.

“As Senate President, Dr Wayas contributed to the deepening of Nigeria’s democratic ethos through his robust and vibrant leadership.

“Since his retirement from active politics, the former senate president had been playing a fatherly and stabilising role in the politics and affairs of our state,’’ the statement read.

Ayade condoled with the Wayas family, assuring that his demise was a collective loss and the pains a shared one.

“We are with you in this moment of grief. We have you in our hearts and prayers,’’ the government assured the deceased family.

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