“Hey Joe, time to let the mandate go,” the Times Square sign, funded by the conservative advocacy group Job Creators Network, reads. “Stop making small businesses your vaccine police.”
In a press release, the group said that the sign comes as a direct response to Biden’s controversial announcement in September that he is instructing the federal government to mandate all companies with over 100 employees require their employees to be vaccinated against the coronavirus.
“Small businesses are facing the most challenging period in decades,” Alfredo Ortiz, JCN President and CEO, said in the press release. “Now, Biden’s vaccine mandate threatens to dump fuel on the raging economic dumpster fire with his de facto nationwide vaccine mandate, which will only exacerbate already crippling labor shortages for small businesses.”
Ortiz added, ” Main Street will also be enlisted as foot soldiers to carry out and pay for the overreach of executive power. It’s one thing for a private company to require staff to be vaccinated, but it’s a whole other ballgame when the government mandates it and then forces employers to police and pay for it. JCN is ready to take legal action against the Biden administration on behalf of small businesses if the White House doesn’t change course.”
Vaccine mandates across the country have sparked outrage from many Americans including healthcare workers, federal employees, police, and firefighters, many of whom have decided to leave the force rather than submit to the requirement.
Hundreds of Michigan healthcare workers quit their jobs rather than take the vaccine. A dozen Massachusetts state troopers have recently stepped down as a result of vaccine mandates and many believe a mass exodus of police officers and firefighters will take place if the mandates continue.
In Los Angeles, 895 city fire personnel, a majority of them firefighters, have signed an intent to sue the city of Los Angeles if they are terminated without due process for not being vaccinated by the Oct. 19 deadline.
White House Press Secretary dismissed concerns that vaccine mandates would force employees to leave their jobs and harm the economy on Tuesday saying that mandates are ultimately “good” for the economy.
The share of American workers voluntarily quitting their jobs soared to a record high in August rising by 242,000 to 4.3 million amounting to an overall quit rate of 2.9%.