United's Covid vaccine mandate has been remarkably effective. Fewer than 250 out of ~67,000 employees had not complied as of yesterday (or <.4% for those keeping official score). @NirajC and I tell the story of how it happened.
One key moment: United was very close to imposing a mandate in late April. Its pilots and flight attendants unions pushed back hard. The two sides negotiated a vaccine incentive that got the pilots to ~90% and flight attendants to ~80% vaxxed. Made the mandate go down smoother.