UAW and The Big Three Agree to Slow production.

By Cee Lippens March 18, 2020 509

Workers at an FCA plant walked off the job on Tuesday, March 17th over safety concerns pertaining to CoVid-19.  On Sunday the UAW's president released a statement that the union had requested that FCA, Ford, and GM close the plants for a 2 week period starting immediately. Detroit's big three automakers have chosen to not shutter their plants.

Late Tuesday night the UAW and the automakers agreed to a partial shut-down, in a statement the UAW said the agreement includes  "New measures that will increase adherence to CDC recommendations on social distancing in the workplace."  The measures include “Rotating partial shutdown of facilities, extensive deep cleaning of facilities and between shifts, extended periods between shifts, and extensive plans to avoid member contact."

The agreement came after UAW President Rory Gamble went public over his frustration with the big Three. Gamble had warned he would take unilateral action if the automakers did not do more to secure hourly workers on factory floors.

The agreement allows the automakers to keep building profitable models such as Ford’s F-150 pickup, Fiat Chrysler’s Jeep Wrangler and GM’s Cadillac Escalade at a reduced pace.

FCA released the following statement Tuesday evening, "Following several days of proactive discussions with our UAW partners focused on providing a safe environment for our employees, we have agreed that in addition to our extensive current protocols to protect our employees, FCA will implement a series of shift pattern and production changes across our manufacturing plants in the United States. These changes, which include rotating shifts to allow for greater separation of employees and further enhancing our new sanitation protocols, are focused on providing a safe environment and peace of mind to our employees at their place of work."

Gm confirmed on Tuesday that two of its salaried employees have tested positive for the virus. GM, FCA, GM all have committed to sanitizing working conditions more. The automakers have allowed salaried employees to work from home to reduce their risks of exposure.

With things changing at a dizzying speed, the big Three may end up shuttering the plants any day.


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