The United Auto Workers (UAW) stated late Wednesday discussions are still underway with Detroit’s Massive Three auto manufacturers to safely restart U.S. production paused by the coronavirus pandemic.
General Motors, Ford Motor, and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles closed their factories in March as the virus rapidly unfolds through America; however, they aim to restart at least some U.S. assembly lines by early May.
“These discussions are fluid and ongoing to ensure safety protocols are followed when the companies reopen,” UAW President Rory Gamble mentioned in a statement.
Detroit’s auto manufacturers and the UAW have been engaged in discussions since earlier this month, while native union leaders stated Monday that any worker who feels sick should be allowed to self-isolate without losing pay.
A General Motors spokesperson stated Wednesday that the company has developed “screening, cleaning and social strategies” for all plants according to input from the UAW and steering from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP.
The safety practices and sick-leave policies the auto manufacturers and the UAW agree to would offer a template for auto suppliers and potentially other manufacturing sectors.