UAW and Big Three Form Joint Task Force to Protect Manufacturing and Warehouse Employees From Virus

General Motors announced a new COVID-19 Task Force in partnership with Ford, FCA< and the United Auto Workers. A rare occasion for all to work together as the companies work to reduce the risk to employees and the business of the coronavirus pandemic. This team is working on enhancing protection for workers in warehouses and in manufacturing for all three companies.

“Workplace health and safety is a priority for us every day, 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 UAW President Rory Gamble, who convened the leaders of all three companies. “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.”

In a joint statement, leaders of the three automakers said that “this is a fluid and unprecedented situation, and the task force will move quickly to build on the wide-ranging preventive measures we have put in place. We are all coming together to help keep our workforces safe and healthy.”

So far, the measures include enhanced visitor screening, increased cleaning and sanitization of common areas and touchpoints, and implementing protocols for employees with potential exposure. The task force will focus on production plans, social distancing, break and cleaning schedules, education, and other areas where they feel employee protections could be improved.