Automakers Are Shutting Down US Factories to Curb COVID-19

Automakers Are Shutting Down US Factories to Curb COVID-19

Automakers Are Shutting Down US Factories to Curb COVID-19

Word has come that the Detroit big three automakers have agreed to close all of their plants due to their worker fears about the coronavirus.

The automakers made the announcements Wednesday, a day after the employees had tested positive for COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus. According to the Associated Press, around 150,000 workers are "likely to receive supplemental pay in addition to unemployment benefits".

GM will begin shutting down Wednesday, while Ford will go dark Thursday evening.

The companies will work with union leaders on how to restart plants, along with health and safety procedures aimed at helping keep the workforce safe. Well, not yet at least, as they continue to remain open for the time being.

"Today's action is the prudent thing to do. By taking a shutdown and working through next steps, we protect UAW members, their families and the community", said Rory Gamble, president of the UAW. "We're working closely with the UAW and will have more to say at a later time".

Full details regarding the rotating partial shutdowns of plants across North America are expected to be announced by the automakers tomorrow.

"All three companies have agreed to new measures that will increase adherence to CDC recommendations on social distancing in the workplace", the union said in a statement. Production was suspended at the plant this morning and the facility is now being cleaned. Employees on the first shift have been sent home. They didn't shorten our hours and keep contamination away from each shift and keep the shifts separate until yesterday. "A decision regarding the resumption of operations will be made later today", the statement read.

GM officials learned the employee had tested positive for the highly contagious COVID-19 respiratory illness on Monday, after the company had issued an order that salaried employees should work from home.

The pain could also be felt by the US government, which would lose $2 billion in tax revenue if sales in the entire USA auto sector stopped for a week, according to the Center for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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