General Motors (GM), Ford Motor, and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles 9FCA) are looking at May 18 to renew some production at their U.S. plants after shutting down plants in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Executives from the businesses in recent days tentatively settled on the timeline following discussions with United Auto Workers (UAW) leaders and Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s office, sources aware of the matter said.
Ford mentioned in a statement it’s yet to determine when it will resume production at its North American plants, while Fiat Chrysler stated it would talk new restart dates in due course.
The pinnacle of the UAW union last week cautioned it was “too soon and too risky” to reopen auto factories and Michigan’s economy in early Could, citing threats to staff.
Michigan Governor Whitmer has still not provided details on restarting the state’s crucial manufacturing industry and has stated she can be “guided by data, not artificial timelines.”
The car manufacturers are working with the union on drawing up safety protocols for decreasing exposure risk for staff but haven’t finalized these terms, but.
GM and UAW didn’t instantly respond to requests for comment.
Michigan had recorded 38,210 COVID-19 cases, together with 3,407 deaths, based on a Monday tally.