Several General Electric employees in Lafayette protest company's vaccine mandate

Several employees of G-E Aviation in Lafayette protested the company's vaccine mandate on Wednesday.

Posted: Oct 20, 2021 3:51 PM
Updated: Oct 22, 2021 8:28 AM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)—Signs lined the General Electric entrance in Lafayette as workers and their families stood by them with a message.

"We are out here to peacefully protest the vaccine mandate that's been kind of shoved down our throats from the upper level, said James Crismore. 

Organizer James Crismore said there are currently a little more than 20 percent of the employees vaccinated at the Lafayette facility.

News 18 reached out to General Electric for confirmation and comment and still has not heard back.

"We all have done things to help our companies meet their goals so they can stay afloat and we can keep our jobs and now it's kind of like you do this or you get fired," said Crismore. 

The vaccine mandate from General Electric follows President Biden's requirement for companies with more than 100 employees to ensure their workers are vaccinated or tested weekly.

Crismore said employees at the Lafayette facility have until December 8th to be vaccinated or they could lose their jobs.

"It feels blindsiding you know like we are blindsided and it feels like we are getting a little bit stabbed in the back," said Crismore. 

The company is accepting religious and medical accommodations. Heather Vandemark said her family may apply but she said she's not sure.

"I have a really big problem with somebody telling us if our religious beliefs are sincere or not," said Vandemark.

Vandemark said the religious accommodation form is 6 pages long and asks about medical history along with having the employee agree to not take over-the-counter medications.

"What it comes down to is we just don't believe that it's somebody's right to tell us what to believe," said Vandemark. 

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