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Columbia Sportswear CEO meets with Biden on vaccine mandate

Tim Boyle, CEO of one of Oregon’s largest companies, spoke with President Biden and other business leaders to discuss the vaccine mandate for large employers.

WASHINGTON, DC, US – The White House hosted a meeting with some of America’s top business leaders on Wednesday to discuss President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate for big business.

Columbia Sportswear president and CEO Tim Boyle was one of the executives sitting at the president’s table. Boyle has been a steadfast supporter of COVID-19 vaccines and the president’s tenure.

In the past, Boyle has said a tenure would level the playing field for hiring and retaining employees.

“We’ve been talking about this for months within the company and frankly it has been too risky for us to do it alone, with the issues of finding employees,” Boyle said after the meeting. .

Under the president’s mandate, companies with 100 or more employees must require their workers to be vaccinated or take weekly COVID tests.

“It’s based on what science tells us, and vaccination is the key to bringing the pandemic under control and keeping the economy strong,” Biden said opening Wednesday’s meeting.

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With approximately 4,000 employees in the United States, based in Oregon Columbia Sportswear will change from strongly encouraging to require the vaccination of its workers.

“We can talk to our employees about the health benefits and the importance of getting the vaccine and applying it,” Boyle said.

Columbia Sportswear products are manufactured and sold worldwide. Boyle spoke of the company’s workers in other countries.

“We want to get these people vaccinated as soon as possible,” he said. “In some places around the world there is no vaccine available to them yet. We are working hard to get our government to send vaccines to where they can be used by our employees and that is something the president talked about today. “

Boyle also shared what the president told him personally about Columbia Sportswear.

“He thanked me for the good things that Columbia makes and that he wore in Louisiana, so it was very nice and a real pleasure to hear that compliment from the president,” Boyle said.

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Executives from Microsoft, Disney and Walgreens were among the other business leaders present at Wednesday’s meeting.

When the presidential mandate on vaccines for businesses takes effect, approximately 80 million Americans will need to get vaccinated or have regular testing. However, it could be at least in a few weeks.

The US Department of Labor is still working to make the warrant comply with the law. The mandate is part of a six-point plan developed by the Biden administration that would cover approximately 100 million Americans.

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