General Motors, Fiat Chrysler and Ford Motor have announced they will restart plants in the coming weeks. While contractually that decision is made by the companies, the UAW negotiated to ensure enhanced safety measures are taken at each facility in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for employers.
“We all knew this day would come,” UAW President Rory Gamble said. “We continue to advocate for as much testing as possible at the current time and eventually full-testing when available.”
Gamble said the UAW will actively monitor and aggressively respond regarding all issues impacting the health and safety of UAW members on the worksites.
“My own family will be among those reporting,” Gamble said. “My responsibility to our UAW members and my family will be consistent. We must implement and follow these guidelines and self-reporting procedures we have worked out. And the UAW will fulfill its role to continue to actively monitor and aggressively respond regarding all issues impacting the health and safety of UAW members in whatever manner may be necessary as we return to the worksite.”
PHASED-IN REOPENING AT WENTZVILLE
Glenn Kage, president of UAW Local 2250, which represents some 4,000 workers at the General Motors assembly plant in Wentzville, said maintenance crews would be returning to the plant this week, followed by a phased-in reopening, with the First Shift returning the week of May 18, and the Second Shift returning the week of May 28.
CONTINUING PUSH FOR EXPANDED TESTING
Gamble said the UAW will continue to push for expanded testing to protect against exposure to the coronavirus at the worksite.