Federal judge rejects Southwest Airlines pilots' request to block vaccine mandate

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A federal judge in Texas denied a petition by Southwest Airlines pilots' union that sought to block the company's enforcement of a federal vaccine mandate.
A federal judge in Texas denied Southwest Airlines pilots union's request to temporarily block a vaccine mandate for employees, which is a requirement under new government rules.

Dallas-based Southwest Airlines must require staff to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 by Dec. 8 unless they receive a religious or medical exemption, according to rules for federal contractors that the Biden administration issued last month.

Southwest and other major airlines like Delta, United and American fly federal employees, U.S. mail and provide other…
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