Vaccine mandates create conflict with defiant workers

  • Alec Young, a shipfitter at Bath Iron Works, center, demonstrates against COVID-19 vaccine mandates outside the shipyard on Friday, Oct. 22, 2021, in Bath, Maine. Some American workers are making the painful decision to quit their jobs and abandon cherished careers in defiance of what they consider intrusive mandates requiring all businesses with 100 or more workers require employees to be fully vaccinated or undergo weekly testing. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)

  • Employees at Bath Iron Works demonstrate against COVID-19 vaccine mandate outside the shipyard on Friday, Oct. 22, 2021, in Bath, Maine. Some American workers are making the painful decision to quit their jobs and abandon cherished careers in defiance of what they consider intrusive mandates requiring all businesses with 100 or more workers require employees to be fully vaccinated or undergo weekly testing. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)

  • Justin Paetow, who works in the tin shop at Bath Iron Works, demonstrates against COVID-19 vaccine mandate outside the shipyard on Friday, Oct. 22, 2021, in Bath, Maine. Some American workers are making the painful decision to quit their jobs and abandon cherished careers in defiance of what they consider intrusive mandates requiring all businesses with 100 or more workers require employees to be fully vaccinated or undergo weekly testing. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)

  • Justin Paetow, center, a tin shop worker at Bath Iron Works, takes part in a demonstration against COVID-19 vaccine mandate outside the shipyard on Friday in Bath, Maine. Some American workers are making the painful decision to quit their jobs and abandon cherished careers in defiance of what they consider intrusive vaccine mandates requiring all businesses with 100 or more workers be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. (AP Photos/Josh Reynolds)

BATH, Maine — Josh “Chevy” Chevalier is a third-generation shipbuilder who hasn’t missed a day of work during the pandemic in his job as a welder constructing Navy warships on the Maine coast.