Hundreds of Google employees have signed and circulated a manifesto calling on the Big Tech giant to retract its COVID-19 vaccine mandate.
Google has asked its more than 150,000 US employees to report their vaccination status to the company by Dec. 3 whether they plan to work in the office or not, CNBC reported, citing internal company documents.
And all Google employees who work either directly or indirectly with government contractors are required to be vaccinated, in line with the Biden administration’s federal mandate for contractors.
However, the manifesto opposing the mandate has been signed by at least 600 Google employees, or less than 0.5 percent of the company’s workforce, according to CNBC.
It asks executives to replace the current policy with a mandate “inclusive of all Googlers,” CNBC reported.
In the manifesto, the employees argue that any policy set by the $1.9 trillion company will have an outsized impact on decisions that other companies make.
The employees who signed it called on other workers to “oppose the mandate as a matter of principle” and said the policy should not affect any worker’s decision on whether or not to get vaccinated.
Google has asked its more than 150,000 US employees to report their vaccination status to the company by Dec. 3.Tobia Schwarz/AFP via Getty Images
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