GM to Reopen Plants on May 18

General Motors plans to start reopening its plants as of May 18, according to a memo it sent out to UAW members. Yesterday, the union said it would not oppose the restart date so production looks set to restart.

“GM plans to begin a limited, cadenced, and site-specific approach for a return to the workplace in many of our North American manufacturing facilities,” GM wrote in the memo. “We are targeting Monday, May 18, and we are collaborating with state governments and union partners. We are confident that we have an approach that allows us to move into this next phase with safety as our guide.”

After opposing the resumption of production earlier this month, UAW president Rory Gamble now believes that there are adequate protections for its members.

“The companies contractually make that decision and we all knew this day would come at some point,” said Gamble in a statement. “Our UAW focus and role is and will continue to be, on health and safety protocols to protect our members.”

The union scored a big win for its members by getting GM to agree to pay quarantined workers for 14 days. The company will pay the workers after they contract the virus or come into contact with someone who has the virus.

The union believed that failing this provision, workers would be unwilling to admit they have the virus for fear of losing money and put more employees at risk.

GM shut down its plants in late March at the behest of the UAW.

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