On Thursday, January 13, 2022, The Supreme Court blocked the Biden Administration from enforcing its sweeping vaccine-or-test requirements for large private companies but did not halt the same requirements for medical and healthcare workers. The OSHA mandate required that workers at businesses with 100 or more employees would be required to get vaccinated or tested weekly to enter the workplace and required unvaccinated workers to wear masks indoors at work.

​​“Although Congress has indisputably given OSHA the power to regulate occupational dangers, it has not given that agency the power to regulate public health more broadly,” the court wrote in an unsigned opinion.

“Requiring the vaccination of 84 million Americans, selected simply because they work for employers with more than 100 employees, certainly falls in the latter category,” the court wrote.

While this is a step in the right direction and a win our community will gladly take, it does not address the issues of discrimination happening in the workplace or the constant threat of termination due to noncompliance of measures that are inherently divisive and discriminatory. It also does not address the discrimination of healthcare workers or military service members who are being terminated and dishonorably discharged.

Freedom Keepers United is also concerned about the Biden Administrations recently announced plan to keep track of employees who have refused on religious grounds to get vaccinated. The Pretrial Services Agency for the District of Columbia announced the creation of the “Employee Religious Exception Request Information System.” The federal agency is responsible for supervising defendants awaiting trial in the District of Columbia and formulating release recommendations.

Our fight is far from over. It has only just begun. Hold. The. Line.