Alaska has joined nine other states in a lawsuit challenging the Biden administration’s mandate requiring all federal contractors to submit to COVID shots.

Under Biden’s plan, a private business would be required to force employees to get the jab before the company could enter into or extend a contract with the federal government. Biden issued the mandate in a Sept. 9 executive order, and contractors have until next month to comply.

“President Biden’s attempt to force vaccinations is, at the root of it, unamerican,” Gov. Mike Dunleavy said in a prepared statement. “These mandates cause division at a time where we need to work together. Forced medical decisions are counterintuitive – destroying America’s sense of fairness and liberty. My administration will continue to fight against these mandates to protect the inherent individual rights of all Alaskans. Medical choice is an individual American freedom.”

The power to impose vaccine mandates, to the extent that any such power exists, is a power reserved to the States, the lawsuit argues.

The lawsuit maintains that the contractor rule is ambiguous and inconsistent with other regulations and existing laws. In particular there is confusion about whether businesses with existing federal contracts are subject to the mandate, and how broadly the mandate would be applied across various companies. Most importantly, however, the lawsuit argues that Biden overstepped his legal authority in issuing the order.

“Our laws prohibit this type of action, which is overreaching and inconsistently applied,” said Alaska Attorney General Treg Taylor. “This order improperly tries to use the force of law to punish federal contractors for decisions that should be left to them and their employees. Fortunately, federal and state law prohibits these bully tactics.”

The lawsuit states that the vaccine mandate is unconstitutional, arguing, that no part of the U.S. Constitution or any act of Congress authorizes the federal government to implement such a burdensome vaccine mandate across the nation.

“The power to impose vaccine mandates, to the extent that any such power exists, is a power reserved to the States,” the lawsuit argues.

Additionally, it states that federal agencies are “arbitrarily applying the mandate” to their vendors, leaving further questions as to its legality.

On the scope of the federal contractor vaccine mandate, the lawsuit notes that, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, “workers employed by federal contractors” comprise roughly one-fifth of the entire U.S. labor force. The lawsuit notes, “On its face, the contractor vaccine mandate therefore applies to any employee of a contractor or subcontractor who is a party to a federal contract, even if the work they do is wholly unrelated to the contract, and even if it is not certain they will ever be working in a location with an employee who is actually working on a federal contract.”

Many contractors say they are unable to have 100% of employees vaccinated by the Dec. 8 deadline. That could further exacerbate growing supply-chain problems across the country.

Other states included in the lawsuit are Arkansas, Iowa, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming.

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Alaska joins lawsuit challenging vax mandates for federal contractors

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.


  • DoneWithIt says:

    Finally Dunleavy.
    You have a bully pulpit – use it.
    Protect Alaskans God given rights to work, travel, education, and body autonomy.
    What is going on with these vaxxers is Evil.

  • Wisdom Cries in the Streets says:

    I’m not sure people recognize the impact this has on oil & gas. North Slope employees were deemed “Essential” last year but are facing termination (or forced resignation) this year. I’m disgusted that it took them this long to get involved. The State and our Senators and Congressman should have been fighting for Alaskan’s liberty from Day 1 of this tyrannical garbage.

  • G Aleution says:

    Elected politicians should know they have no place supplanting US Constitutional unalienable rights nor are they qualified to command medical treatments. It is mentally deranged to attempt to do so.

  • Steve+Peterson says:

    And a spine begins to reappear…

    • Common Peasant says:

      We are all becoming braver.

    • James says:

      Hopefully the election in VA goes the right way, and fence-sitting Rep governors like Dunleavy will realize they actually need to engage on these issues if they want to win.

  • Yetitrax says:

    What I am unable to understand is, why something so obvious took the Dunleavy administration this long to come out against.
    Sorry sir, a righteous man doesn’t wait to check the temperature of the water before jumping in when our very freedom is under assault.
    Either lead or get out of the way. We’re past tired of your fecklessness.

  • SJJR says:

    Amendment X

    The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.

    End of story.