As of this writing, the Freedom Job Network has 1,308 jobs listed at TheFreedomJobNetwork.com, giving every American a fair chance to build a career regardless of vaccination status. It also gives an opportunity for displaced unvaccinated workers to continue their careers, bring food to the table and provide their families with a better future.
The job board is a breath of fresh air in the current job market that largely seeks fully vaccinated workers. That reality has been made worse by President Joe Biden’s series of vaccine mandates that will force two-thirds of American workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
The president has reached into the private sector to mandate that all companies with more than 100 workers require vaccination or weekly testing. Biden has also moved to mandate vaccination for healthcare workers, federal contractors and the vast majority of federal workers, who could face disciplinary measures if they refuse. (Related: Biden’s federal vaccine mandate doesn’t really apply to everyone: Members of Congress, staff, postal workers are EXEMPT.)
The sweeping actions are easily the most expansive he has taken to control the pandemic and will affect almost every aspect of society. They also reflect Biden’s frustrations with the roughly 80 million eligible Americans who refuse to get vaccinated.
“We’ve been patient,” Biden says in a sharp message to those who refuse to be vaccinated. “But our patience is wearing thin. And your refusal has cost all of us.”
Biden is acting through a combination of executive orders and new federal rules. Under his plan, roughly 17 million healthcare workers employed by hospitals and other institutions that accept Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement will face strict new vaccination requirements.
Some healthcare facilities look ready to face the consequences.
Nebraska’s state-run facilities hire unvaccinated health workers
Job ads for open positions in Nebraska’s state-run facilities highlight COVID-19 vaccines as optional, a move that contradicts federal mandates for health workers and could cost the state some of its insurance reimbursements. The job ads – 46 in all – tout vaccine-optional positions in state-run veterans’ homes, youth detention facilities, psychiatric hospitals and prisons.
They directly contradict an earlier announcement from the Department of Veterans Affairs that all medical personnel working in its health facilities across the country would be required to receive the vaccine, as well as a similar mandate from the Biden administration for workers in long-term care facilities. The ads have been posted before Biden’s new and more comprehensive vaccine mandate for healthcare workers.
The Biden administration’s policy for long-term care workers stipulates that the COVID-19 vaccination is a “condition of participating in the Medicare and Medicaid programs.” Meaning, the facilities that don’t comply could be at risk of losing federal reimbursements for the care they give to patients covered under those plans.
Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts of Nebraska has approved the ads.
Taylor Gage, a spokesman for the governor, says: “The state has been pursuing a variety of strategies to address workforce challenges. At the governor’s direction, the State Personnel Division consulted with state agencies to develop this recruitment effort.”
At a press conference, Ricketts says the ads provide an extra recruiting push to shore up the state’s long-standing nursing shortage and are not meant to target unvaccinated nurses specifically.
“We have a number of positions open at the state of Nebraska. We need nurses just like everybody else does,” Ricketts says. “We want to recruit them. We also heard from a lot of people when the hospitals made that announcement that they were very unhappy with their employers interfering with their personal health decisions. We want nurses to not leave the workforce, because we need them all.”
The governor says he is open to “further measures” to shore up staffing at hospitals, but will not approve a mandate for either face coverings or vaccines.
“If you go look at our advertisement, for example, we say, ‘while vaccines are encouraged, they’re not required,’” says the governor. “We need people to do this because it’s part of personal responsibility for themselves.”
Ricketts is one of the most vocal critics of Biden’s vaccine mandates. He criticizes Biden for lack of communication with states, noting that since taking office, Biden has not participated in any of the weekly phone calls the White House has with the nation’s governors.
“The president should look at the data, and maybe the president should attend one of the weekly calls his administration has with all the governors – he’s not been on one yet since he’s been president – and maybe talk to some of the governors and ask them about what’s going on in their states because he appears to be pretty ignorant of what’s going on in places like Nebraska,” Ricketts tells “Fox News Sunday.”
Republican governors set to challenge Biden’s vaccine mandates in court
Ricketts has threatened a legal challenge against Biden’s vaccine mandates, saying that State Attorney General Doug Peterson is exploring options along with his counterparts in other states. (Related: Republicans vow to sue Biden over COVID-19 vaccine mandate.)
“He’s coordinating with the other attorneys general across the country who share similar views about the overreach,” says Ricketts. “This is an egregious overreach of federal authority. And as we see what these rules are we will be able to know exactly how we will be able to challenge them in court. I’m also talking with my colleagues around the country as well the other governors who feel the way I do, and we’ll be working on other strategies.”
Several other Republican governors across the country describe Biden’s aggressive moves to require vaccinations as an unconstitutional attack on personal freedoms and vow to sue the administration to block the requirements.
They argue that Biden’s plan is a big-government attack on states’ rights, private business and personal choice, and promise swift legal action to challenge it.
Gov. Kristi Noem of South Dakota tweets: “South Dakota will stand up to defend freedom. Joe Biden, see you in court.”
Gov. Mark Gordon of Wyoming says the new rule “has no place in America.” He has asked the state’s attorney general to be ready to take legal action.
Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas calls the actions an “assault on private businesses.” He says that he has issued an executive order protecting Texans’ right to choose whether or not they would be vaccinated. “Texas is already working to halt this power grab.”
**By Nolan Barton