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The United Auto Workers (UAW), General Motors Co., Ford Motor Co. and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) recently announced that they are forming a COVID-19/Coronavirus Task Force to implement enhanced protections for manufacturing and warehouse employees at all three companies.
The task force will be led by Rory Gamble, UAW president; Mary Barra, GM chairman and CEO; Bill Ford, Ford executive chairman; Jim Hackett, Ford president and CEO; and Michael Manley, FCA CEO. They will be supported by the medical staffs and manufacturing and labor leadership teams at all three companies, as well as Terry Dittes, vice president of the UAW-GM Department; Gerald Kariem, vice president of the UAW-Ford Department; and Cindy Estrada, vice president of the UAW-FCA Department.
“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,” said Gamble. “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.”
All three companies and the UAW are working to coordinate action to prevent the spread of COVID-19/coronavirus, including enhanced visitor screening, increased cleaning and sanitizing of common areas and touch points, and implementing safety protocols for people with potential exposure, as well as those who exhibit flu-like symptoms.
The joint task force’s areas of focus will include vehicle production plans, additional social distancing, break and cleaning schedules, health and safety education, health screening, food service and any other areas that have the potential to improve protections for employees. As the joint task force identifies enhancements, each company, together with the UAW, will provide regular updates to the workers in their facilities.
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