One of Alaska’s leading trucking companies that transports supplies throughout the U.S. and Canada, announced that all its employees and private contractors must get COVID shots.

An Oct. 8 letter from Alaska West Express President Eric Badger states that employees and subcontractors must be deemed “fully vaccinated” by Dec. 8 in order to comply with President Joe Biden’s Sept. 9 executive order requiring all federal contractors to mandate COVID shots.

Badger’s letter acknowledged that previously workers were only encouraged to get the jab. He said the company “recognized that employees have a choice” but they could no longer decline the experimental shots.

“We have no choice but to comply, so we are implementing this mandate as detailed below,” he wrote.

The mandate comes as trucking companies struggle to keep supply chain lines open in Alaska and across the country.

The new policy requires employees, including those who work from home or remotely, to get the shot. The company will consider religious and medical exemption requests, but these will only be granted “where they do not cause Alaska West Express undue hardship or pose a direct threat to the health and safety of others,” Badger said.

Alaska West Express is a leader in transporting liquid and dry-bulk goods, as well as hazardous and non-hazardous chemicals and petroleum products. Utilizing a fleet of flatbeds, vans and trailers, it also serves oilfield, mining, construction and manufacturing industries.

Alaska West Express is one of 16 transportation companies that fall under the Lynden transportation family. Together they provide marine, air and land transportation of food, freight, petroleum and much more. The company has worked in Alaska for 67 years, and is one of the first to bring goods up the ALCAN Highway.

It’s unclear whether the new mandate will apply to all 16 companies in the Lynden family, but many of these also serve as federal contractors.

The mandate comes at a time when freight and trucking companies are struggling to keep supply chain lines open in Alaska and across the nation. Many major trucking companies worry that COVID mandates could push more workers away from operations that are already short of manpower.


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Amid supply chain crisis, major Alaska trucking company imposes vax mandate

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


  • Mongo Likes Candy says:

    Revelation 13:16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
    17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

  • Max Musial says:

    Any transportation company with Federal contracts is doing this.

  • Arctic Blast says:

    Biden’s “Mandate” was simply a bullying tactic and is not yet actually a written and enforceable mandate / law. People need to wake up to the tactics that are being played out here and if they feel they do not want to take the jab then they need to stand firm. It worked at South West Airlines, there is no reason it can’t work for Lynden employees. Lynden like money more than it likes its employees…. Watch Senator Dan Sullivan on YouTube….

    • James says:

      I wish people would stop saying this. The EO applying to federal contractors has indeed been published. My last day with my employer (a federal contractor) is tomorrow. This EO applied to SWA because they have a small number of federal contracts. There are legal challenges winding their way through the court system but apparently large numbers of people losing their livelihoods is insufficient grounds for injunctive relief.

      The even-more-unconstitutional OSHA rule applying to private businesses has not been published yet, but most likely will by Thanksgiving. And then I may be in the same boat I’m in now depending on if my new employer bows the knee or at least waits for the legal challenges to play out (multiple state AGs are just waiting for the order to drop).

      • Steven Chappell says:

        The EO does not mandate vaccination for Federal Contractors only for the Federal workforce even though that is an illegal order since all the drugs (vaccines) are still under the EUA and can not be mandatory it is still the choice. Before anyone say’s that the FDA has approved a vaccine that is also blatantly false. If you don’t believe it research the FDA approval and you will find the approval is for a drug (vaccine) name and the actual drug (vaccine) is not available in the US. Plus the fact that they have millions of doses of the drug still here in the US. Vaccines are in parenthesis because I do not considered something that does not stop you from the getting the infection as a vaccine.

      • Eric Ridderman says:

        Steve Chappell, Your statement is dead on accurate. Doing the research is key and so simple. Many, however, don’t want to do simple research, they want to be told what to believe mostly by the MSM which twists, hides and denies the truth. Turn off the TV people and turn on your brains. Your lives and livelihood depend on it. Stand firm for your beliefs and against those who would trample your God given rights.

  • Jon and Ruth Ewig says:

    The email did not work.

    Governor Dunleavy has the power to stop this in the state of Alaska and other governors have. These truckers are Alaskans.
    The truckers and their families care too much about their health to let the federal government and the trucking companies collaboratively determine cures and make medical decisions for these families and our families who are impacted by this government overreach. Each American and Alaskan and their doctors should be able to decide what treatments they use or don’t use from a full list of options. “My body, my choice.”

  • jh says:


  • Greg Cheney says:

    Absolutely absurd.

  • Common Peasant says:

    The family that owns AWE is a bunch of corpo elites. Just like TrailerCraft. Always about the bottom line and never about the people who work for them, unless you are part of the clique.

    McKenzie is the name to remember. Don’t give them your business.

  • Denise Bowlan says:

    I will do without before I support forcing truckers to do this.

  • Michael Totten says:

    This all ends when you idiots stop complying

  • Michael Totten says:

    Just don’t comply, everybody needs to walk off. Only then will this nonsense stop!

  • Sally+Pollen says:

    Shaking my head at these cowardly executives who are buying into the jab mandates. Time for Freedom Trucking to get rollin’!

  • Andy says:

    What good are our elected officials? If there was a time the entire state and our country needed them the most this is it.

    • Elizabeth Henry says:

      Agree. A group of legislators appealed to the governor last week to extend the special session allowing for some legislation to be drafted and put forth disallowing employment termination for choosing to not get the immunization. My representative was not on that list so I emailed him to please join them. Have not heard anything yet about whether they were successful.

  • RB7 says:

    When the shot was first mandated, Lynden said they wouldnt comply and would file a lawsuit. I wonder why the change of heart

  • Carrie+Harris says:

    First the mandate is not here yet OSHA has not made any rules on it yet because the only FDA approved vaccine is not available in this country yet it might be almost the same but there’s enough of a difference that it’s not the same.
    Do employers not realize by denying people exemptions whether they believe them or not when somebody takes this vaccine because they felt their cornered into choosing between supporting their family or not that that is going to create some animosity, that will lead to a toxic workplace, and more than likely those people who felt cornered are going to find another job and now that they’re backed even though it was not what they wanted they’re going to leave, because they can’t stand to look at at the employer who violated them. It might not be on the day of the vaccine but I can guarantee you they will be looking for another job. That will create more shortages and more stress on the workforce that is there and it will cause others to leave as well.

    • G Aleutian says:

      That agent has also transcended its authority. Have you ever sold a house? An AGENT is often used. The agent is limited and NEVER has more power in a transaction than the principal he represents. Quite a few “agencies” in the United States right now are in violation and conflict with the mighty US Constitution. Each one needs a firm ferreting with manly firmness. Our truckers are our true heroes!!

    • Marie says:

      For Government contractors the mandate IS here and has nothing to do with OSHA. These workers need to know their rights. Peggy Hall of The Healthy American has hundreds of videos about how to file exemptions, the slimy ways employers are breaking the law, and is involved in several court cases against employers. This WILL end up in court, but people have to be willing to fight and those not directly affected to fight with them. The company my husband works for is also a government contractor and 32 workers and counting have hired a lawyer and are prepared to take them to court if exemptions aren’t granted.

  • Wisdom Cries in the Streets says:

    Just want to make sure I’m understanding this correctly: current estimates show that around 40% of “eligible” Alaskan residents are unvaccinated. That is approximately 300,000 people. Those 300,000 people are unable to leave the state by land, increasingly unable to maintain employment, and as as supply chain issues stack up they may find it difficult to feed their families through the winter. What are our Senators doing? Our governor? Why must you be vaccinated to be represented by federal, state or local governments?

    • DoneWithIt says:

      It is called Fascism – when a Gov’t uses corporations and businesses to do their bidding.
      At it’s core it is EVIL.

  • Proud Alaskan says:

    Biden’s woke mandate for the shot is a Joke.
    These so-called woke people, who don’t work and live off the government.
    They don’t even know where or how there food is dropped in there laps.
    Stop the trucking, watch and see, in two weeks no food are supply’s coming in.
    There will be panic, chaos.

  • Bill+Smallwood says:

    thats bs..the pilots banded together and called there bluff..and airlines also work for the feds..this needs Supreme ct ..NOW

  • Bill+Smallwood says:

    Just got a message from an inside source, “JJ Flew up From Seattle told all the employees not to get excited. If it’s against your religion check this box you will be exempted from taking it.”

  • G Aleutian says:

    King Solomon said “In a thousand men I have found one good one”. The rate may be slightly worse in Alaska today. The scriptures also say: “Through just one righteous man a city is saved”. An eternity without freedom might not be appealing – even to communists. Change your freedom hating ways Alaska.

  • Bill+Smallwood says:

    DO NOT COMPLY!!! Here’s another good reminder.
    “GOD BLESS AMERICA” And all drivers around the world…

  • Chester Showalter says:

    The owner/ceo of Lynden has already backed down.
    A fellow driver sent me this:
    “Jim Jansen, Chairman of the board and oqner of Lynden and Alaska West, said if they cannot get enough people to get the jab then they will cancel the federal contracts in support of their people. Good for him, the man has stones fer sure.

    I asked him what the numbers are and if the employees are standing together:
    “I wasnt privy to that info, but the message I got is that employees will come first there.
    Most of the guys here in Spokane say they wont get jabbed. We will see.
    I am thinking of doing something else anyway because of the canadian mandate.

  • hisakgirl says:

    these companies always have a choice, and they are choosing to cave to the Resident Biden/Obama/CCP administration.
    truckers that do NOT support the mandate – DO NOT WALK OFF – keep showing up until they fire you then a group of you, file a lawsuit against your employer. when over half their truckers get fired and their deliveries aren’t getting done at all and they are facing lawsuits; that the people will win. the company will retract their choice. FIGHT like hell Alaskans. our reps aren’t doing it for us!

  • Ralph says:

    When will the corrupt learn? When the people teach them…

  • DoneWithIt says:

    Where’s Dummy Dunleavy?
    Oh yeah, standing tall somewhere.
    He’s the epitome of a gutless, spineless, RINO, Squish.

    • Steve+Peterson says:

      Indeed! And his Lt. Governor is equally spineless when it come to election integrity. Two blatant liars.

  • Tamra+Nygaard says:

    There is no mandate for the private sector. Any business “enforcing” a “federal mandate” is lying. They need to step up and take responsibility for their nefarious actions instead of blaming the government, which apparently can’t find its ass with both hands.

  • Sammy says:

    There is NO Executive Order, this is a myth and bad information.

  • Steve says:

    When did Dunleavy get neutered?


    I am confused about all the vaccine issue. Biden says that we are now in a pandemic of the unvaccinated. What no one is saying is that the vaccinated are more guilty of spreading the virus as they are more likely to be asymptomatic, therefore spreading it because they don’t know they do. None of the vaccines are cures.

  • Klee says:

    Except that no Executive Order was created, only a press conference on media. Even if an Executive Order, it oversteps the Constitution rendering it void regardless.

    These companies who actively impose this are hurling off a cliff already. They will not survive and going down with the sinking system. These orders and mandates are lip service, there is zero enforcement in place, just merely bullying.

  • Buzz Kelley says:

    This is just my opinion but it probably all comes down to secret money in secret bank accounts for O’Leary with the Alaska Railroad, Badger with Lynden and all of the other sadly woke company presidents. What else could it possibly be that these people would throw their companies into chaos? Surely these company presidents are smart enough to know the legal challenges must all play out before king biden’s EOs, EAs, mandates, e-mails, tweets and notes from his mother actually might become law. Oh and if they are doing this because it is the noble thing to do, then maybe they wouldn’t mind submitting to a few questions under oath and a couple of lie detector sessions.

  • Buzz Kelley says:

    Do all comments now immediately go to “…awaiting moderation” ?

    • Davidson Joel says:

      Every comment now goes through moderation because we have had people use our comments section to threaten those they disagree with. We approve just about every comment, and whole heartedly encourage robust and impassioned debate, but threats of violence have to be weeded out. The only way we can do that at this point is to review every comment. Sorry for the inconvenience.
      – Joel Davidson, editor

  • DB2 says:

    “And HE also said, “It is finished! I am the Alpha and the Omega—the Beginning and the End. To all who are thirsty I will give freely from the springs of the water of life. All who are VICTORIOUS will inherit all these blessings, and I will be their God, and they will be my children. “But COWARDS, unbelievers, the CORRUPT, murderers, the immoral, those who practice witchcraft (pharmakeia), idol worshipers, and all liars—their fate is in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.””
    ‭‭Revelation‬ ‭21:6-8‬ ‭NLT‬‬

  • DB2 says:

    If you don’t welcome truth from Scripture then you don’t welcome truth at all. Sad day