UAW says Big 3 agree to coronavirus protection measures

Posted at 10:11 PM, Mar 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-17 22:13:10-04

The United Auto Workers say they have gotten new reassurances from the Big 3 that they will take measures to protect workers.

It comes after the union had pressured the automakers into shutting down for two weeks to help combat the coronavirus.

The UAW released the following statement Tuesday night describing the new measures:

As you know, the UAW has strongly requested that the Big 3 automakers cease production for the next two weeks to safeguard our members, the workforce that makes their products and our communities.

We spent hours tonight in talks with the leadership of the Big 3, demanding that they do the right thing for our members. All three companies have agreed to new measures that will increase adherence to CDC recommendations on social distancing in the workplace. Most importantly, all three companies have agreed to review and implement the rotating partial shutdown of facilities, extensive deep cleaning of facility and equipment between shifts, extended periods between shifts, and extensive plans to avoid member contact. They will be working on shift rotation to minimize risk. The companies have also agreed to work with us in Washington, D.C., on behalf of our members as we manage the disruption in the industry.

In order to enact these changes, each company will be working with UAW Vice Presidents to implement these improvements and most importantly arranging shifts to be set to adhere to CDC required social distancing and protection of members.

We expect more detailed information to be released in the next 24 hours. I thank you all for your strength during these difficult days.