UAW, Big 3 announce COVID-19 task force for blue collar employees

Posted at 6:30 PM, Mar 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-15 22:08:50-04

(WXYZ) — The United Auto Workers and the Big 3 in Detroit announced Sunday a COVID-19 task force to help employees at auto manufacturing and warehouse employees at Ford, Fiat Chrysler and General Motors.

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UAW President Rory Gamble, GM Chair and CEO Mary Barra, Ford Executive Chair Bill Ford, Ford President and CEO Jim Hackett and FCA CEO Michael Manely will lead the task force.

Others supporting include UAW-GM VP Terry Dittes, UAW-Ford VP Gerald Kariem, UAW-FCA VP Cindy Estrada and the medical stff and labor leadership teams at all three companies.

“Workplace health and safety is a priority for us every day, all three companies have been taking steps to keep the COVID-19/coronavirus out of their facilities and during this national emergency, we will do even more working together,” Gamble said. “We are focused on doing the right thing for our people, their families, our communities and the country. All options related to protecting against exposure to the virus are on the table.”

In a joint statement, the leaders of GM, Ford and FCA said, “This is a fluid and unprecedented situation, and the task force will move quickly to build on the wide-ranging preventive measures we have put in place. We are all coming together to help keep our workforces safe and healthy.”

The things being done at plants include enhanced visitor screening, increased cleaning and sanitizing of common areas and touch points, and implementing safety protocols for people with potential exposure.

They will practice social distancing, break and cleaning schedules and much more.

Earlier this week, both Ford and GM announced a majority of its workforce will work remote for at least the foreseeable future.