(WXYZ) — The President of the UAW says a worker at the Fiat Chrysler Warren Truck Plant has died of COVID-19.
Rory Gamble made the announcement in the following letter to his membership:
My Sisters and Brothers,
My update today, once again, includes some very sad news. One of our members at FCA Warren Truck in Michigan passed away today due to the Coronavirus. On behalf of myself and the entire International Executive Board, I want to extend our sincerest sympathies to the family and friends of our dear member.
Also, today FCA officials sent home the few remaining MOPAR workers at the parts distribution center in Center Line, Michigan, after at least one employee tested positive for the virus. The center had been open with paid volunteers only as it is an essential business. They are currently deep cleaning the facility and following the proper protocols. We expect results soon on others who were tested.
I want all my brothers and sisters to know that we are working continuously with companies in all sectors and with health officials and government agencies to keep our members and communities safe.
I want to again recognize those brave Americans on the front lines of this crisis, who show up every day, putting their own lives and health at risk, to keep us all safe and the nation’s critical services running.
We must all support one another through this crisis. Please follow the stay-at-home precautions in your area and adhere to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines on protecting yourself and others from this virus. CDC guidelines here:https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV.
You can also find updates for members and submit questions that you might have about your worksite at UAW (https://uaw.org/coronavirus/). We are working diligently to provide you with the most up to date information.
Rory L. Gamble
This is the third known death of a UAW member from coronavirus.
Additional Coronavirus information and resources:
Click here for a page with resources including a COVID-19 overview from the CDC, details on cases in Michigan, a timeline of Governor Gretchen Whitmer's orders since the outbreak, coronavirus' impact on Southeast Michigan, and links to more information from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, the CDC and the WHO.
View a global coronavirus tracker with data from Johns Hopkins University.
Find out how you can help metro Detroit restaurants struggling during the pandemic.
See all of our Helping Each Other stories.
See complete coverage on our Coronavirus Continuing Coverage page.