The big three automakers, including Ford, GM, and FCA, along with the UAW have announced a new coronavirus Task Force has been implemented to enhance protections for manufacturing and warehouse employees at all three automakers. The Ford coronavirus plans will see the Task Force headed up by UAW president Rory Gamble, GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra, Ford President and CEO Jim Hackett, and FCA CEO Michael Manley.
Those leaders will be supported by following people:
- Terry Dittes, vice president, UAW-GM Department
- Gerald Kariem, vice president, UAW-Ford Department
- Cindy Estrada, vice president, UAW-FCA Department
- The medical staffs, and the manufacturing and labor leadership teams at all three companies
The three companies say that workplace health and safety is a priority for them every day and that they have taken steps to keep the coronavirus out of their facilities during the national emergency. UAW president Rory Gamble says that all involved are focused on doing the right thing for “our people, their families, our communities, and the country.” Gamble notes that all options related to protecting workers from exposure to the coronavirus are on the table.
The joint statement released by the CEOs of GM, Ford, and FCA said that this is a “fluid and unprecedented situation,” noting that task force would move quickly to build on the preventative measures already in place. The CEOs also said that they are all coming together to keep their workforces safe and healthy.
Among the things the companies and the UAW are working to coordinate in an effort to prevent the spread of coronavirus include enhancing visitor screening and increasing cleaning and sanitation for common areas and touchpoints. The companies are also establishing safety protocols for people with potential exposure and implementing safety protocols for those who exhibit flu-like symptoms. Ford coronavirus plans also include regular updates for workers in their facilities. Ford has instructed all workers who can work from home to do so.