Trucking industry argues vaccine mandate could worsen supply chain disruptions

The American Trucking Associations is one of several trade groups to sue the Biden administration over its federal COVID-19 vaccine mandate, arguing the mandate would have a "devastating" impact on U.S. supply chains, CNBC reported.  

The trade group filed a lawsuit Nov. 10 against the administration, along with the National Retail Federation and the National Federation of Independent Business. 

The American Trucking Associations said in its lawsuit, filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, that the mandate would cause businesses to lose employees, incur "unrecoverable compliance costs" and face deteriorating conditions in "already fragile supply chains and labor markets," CNBC reported. 

Chris Spear, president of the trucking association, told CNBC that the trade group told the administration that the mandate "could have devastating impacts on the supply chain and the economy."

But Labor Secretary Marty Walsh told MSNBC Nov. 11 that most truckers are exempt from the vaccine mandate because they are unusually driving alone, according to CNBC

White House Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre also told reporters Nov. 9 that the mandate would help businesses avoid labor shortages by preventing people from getting sick with COVID-19, CNBC reported. 

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