Detroit Automakers, UAW Form Coronavirus Task Force

The panel aims to implement improved protections for manufacturing and warehouse employees.


Earlier this month, the United Auto Workers, General Motors, Ford Motor Company and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles formed a COVID-19/Coronavirus Task Force.

The task force will be led by some notable personnel, including UAW President Rory Gamble, GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra, Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford, Ford President and CEO Jim Hackett and FCA CEO Michael Manley.

The task force will implement improved protections for manufacturing and warehouse employees at the top tier automotive manufacturers. It will be supported by additional executives as well as the medical staff, manufacturing and labor leadership teams at all three companies.

In a statement, Gamble said all options to protect employees against virus exposure are "on the table" and added that the task force is "focused on doing the right thing for our people, their families, our communities and the country."

The companies are already working on enhanced visitor screening, increased cleaning and sanitizing of common areas and touch points, and safety protocols for people with potential exposure.

The task force will work on production plans, further social distancing, break and cleaning schedules, health and safety education, health screening and food service, among other ways to protect employees from exposure.

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