(LifeSiteNews) – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will likely rely on employees at each of the companies that falls under the Biden administration’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate to ensure co-workers are getting jabbed.
The Associated Press reported Tuesday that the administration could use a “corps of informers” to enforce the Emergency Temporary Standard (EST). Employees would file complaints with OSHA, which could then prompt a formal investigation.
The jab mandate covers employers with 100 or more employees and is expected to affect 84 million total American workers. But the AP said that a lack of buy-in from employees to snitch on their peers could make the mandate ineffective.
“What’s not known is just how many employees will be willing to accept some risk to themselves — or their job security — for blowing the whistle on their own employers,” the report said. “Without them, though, experts say the government would find it harder to achieve its goal of requiring tens of millions of workers at companies with 100 or more employees to be fully vaccinated by Jan. 4 or be tested weekly and wear a mask on the job.”
A Georgetown University labor researcher and former chief of staff at OSHA told the AP that the Department of Labor agency lacks the personnel to enforce the mandate on all the companies.
“There is no army of OSHA inspectors that is going to be knocking on employers’ door or even calling them,” Debbie Berkowitz said. “They’re going to rely on workers and their union representatives to file complaints where the company is totally flouting the law.”
It's official: Joe Biden has announced that his Administration will be forcing COVID vaccinations on nearly 1/3rd of American citizens, blatantly disregarding the personal objections of millions of people and moving America ever closer towards a medical dictatorship.
We cannot stand for this unprecedented overreach, and we will not submit to Biden's tyrannical public coercion efforts.
Please SIGN this urgent petition informing the President that you will NOT comply with these unconstitutional vaccine mandate orders issued by the Biden Administration, and that elected officials should act in their capacity to block these intrusive demands.
On Thursday, September 9th, Joe Biden announced the latest round of federal orders meant to further coerce large swaths of the public into getting the COVID vaccine -- many against their will.
While the legal standing of these measures is, at best, dubious, the Biden Administration appears more ready than ever to gut our individual rights and practically erase medical autonomy in our country.
This latest escalation in overreach was announced via a televised speech in which Biden outlined a new "six-point plan" that includes far more than just six avenues to achieve mass medical compliance.
Among the most egregious new federal mandates are the following:
- A requirement that all private businesses employing more than 100 people mandate their workers get the Covid-19 vaccine or submit to weekly testing (to be implemented by way of a new Department of Labor rule)
- A requirement that all federal employees and federal contractors get the COVID vaccine
- A requirement that all healthcare workers in facilities that receive reimbursement from Medicare and/or Medicaid (an estimated 17 million) get the Covid-19 vaccine without an alternative testing option
- A requirement that all Head Start teachers get the COVID vaccine
- A federal effort to lobby states to implement vaccine mandates for all school employees, and require regular testing of all students and school staff
- A federal effort to lobby entertainment venues to require proof of vaccination or testing in order to grant entry to the public
- A continuation of mask mandates on all federal properties and during interstate travel (i.e. planes, trains, buses)
All in all, these new vaccine mandates, which will go into effect within the coming weeks, will affect an estimated 100 million American workers -- 2/3rds of the entire workforce!
And, according to an administration official, violations of these unconstitutional requirements could result in fines of up to $14,000.
While this is clearly a political ploy on the part of the Joe Biden and his team of power-hungry Washington insiders to shift the focus from their disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan, the American public knows better: After nearly a year and a half's worth of arbitrary, ever-changing, and unconstitutional government mandates in response to the COVID outbreak, it was always a given that the Biden Administration would ramp things up even further when it behooved them.
And now, it would seem that time has officially come.
"This is not about freedom or personal choice," Biden uttered in his remarks, confirming his administration's blatant dismissal of all Americans' right(s) to accept or decline the experimental Covid-19 vaccine.
This is a stunning reversal from Biden's declaration last December that "I don’t think [the vaccine] should be mandatory, I wouldn’t demand it to be mandatory."
In fact, Biden even confirmed his intention to flout states' rights in the process, warning that "If these governors won’t help us beat the pandemic I’ll use my power as president to get them out of the way."
These are not the words of an "empathetic" leader; these are the words of an aspiring dictator. And, for the time being, the only way to stop Joe Biden's tyranny is through mass noncompliance.
As we've said from the beginning, science, basic logic, and common sense should dictate policy regarding COVID and the Delta variant.
But Joe Biden and the federal government have long abandoned those principles throughout this crisis, culminating into this disturbing yet inevitable flurry of intrusive vaccine mandates that use people's jobs, individual autonomy, and livelihood as leverage.
This assault on our individual rights, private businesses, and American workers cannot be tolerated, and the easiest way to combat these unlawful orders is to just say NO.
Please SIGN and SHARE this most important petition letting Joe Biden know that you will NOT comply with the unconstitutional medical demands being made by this administration, and that action should be taken to block any intrusive action against working Americans and private employers.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
'Biden announces vaccine requirements for private businesses, impacting tens of millions of Americans': https://www.
“Just 1,850 inspectors will oversee 130 million workers at 8 million job sites,” the AP reported. “So the agencies must rely on whistleblowers.”
This is not the first time that the enforcement mechanism issue has been raised.
In October, Bloomberg Law spoke to experts on labor law and occupational safety who said “worker complaints will be the primary driver of enforcement.”
Attorney Amanda Flanagan told Bloomberg she expects a “rash of informants and complaints by employees.”
Denisha Braxton, a spokesperson for OSHA, did not directly answer questions from LifeSiteNews about enforcement or the veracity of the claims.
“Across industries, OSHA compliance efforts focus on hazard prevention and control, training, and resources to help employers develop safety and health programs to proactively prevent fatalities, injuries and illnesses and control hazards,” Braxton said. “OSHA has several compliance resources to help employers develop vaccine or testing requirement programs and understand their responsibilities under the new emergency temporary standard including fact sheets, template plans for employers and other online resources, stakeholder briefings, and a general webinar that walks through the obligations employers and information to help them come into compliance at osha.gov/vaxETS.”
Legal challenges continue against the ETS
Whether OSHA even retains the legal ability to enforce a mandate remains to be seen. While judges have upheld some state and private jab requirements, a federal court recently issued a temporary stay against the mandate.
“Because the petitions give cause to believe there are grave statutory and constitutional issues with the Mandate, the Mandate is hereby STAYED pending further action by this court,” the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled on November 6.
States have also filed a federal lawsuit against a separate Biden administration vaccine mandate which applies to medical facilities that receive Medicare or Medicaid funding.
“The CMS vaccine mandate threatens with job loss millions of healthcare workers who risked their lives in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic to care for strangers and friends in their communities,” the November 10 lawsuit said.
The federal complaint warned of healthcare crises.
“Critically, the CMS vaccine mandate also threatens to exacerbate an alarming shortage of healthcare workers, particularly in rural communities, that has already reached a boiling point,” the plaintiffs said. “Indeed, the circumstances in the Plaintiff States—facts that CMS, which skipped notice-and comment rulemaking, did not fully consider—foreshadow an impending disaster in the healthcare industry.”
Editor’s note: This article has been updated with comments from Denisha Braxton.