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Detroit Big Three Automakers, UAW Agree To Extend Mask Mandate For Workers

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Last month, Ford Authority reported that despite new CDC guidance that suggested fully vaccinated people no longer needed to wear masks in most indoor settings, Ford and the United Auto Worker’s Union (UAW) decided to continue to enforce a mask mandate for all workers. Now, the UAW and the Detroit Big Three automakers – Ford, General Motors, and Stellantis – have announced that the mask mandate will continue following a review from the UAW’s COVID-19 Joint Task Force.

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The task force reviewed a number of reports from medical experts, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards, and CDC guidelines before making the decision, which it says comes out of an “abundance of caution.” In addition to wearing masks and safety glasses, employees will also continue to practice social distancing, proper handwashing, and workstation cleaning.

Some procedures will change, however. The task force noted that it will soon be phasing out temperature screenings at facility entrances, and other entry and exit procedures will change slightly. However, the UAW is continuing to encourage its employees to get a COVID-19 vaccine if they have not already done so.

Ford has been offering on-site vaccines for its employees at a number of its U.S. plants in recent weeks, including the Ford Flat Rock Assembly PlantFord Van Dyke Transmission PlantFord Rawsonville Components PlantFord Lima Engine PlantFord Kansas City Assembly PlantFord Michigan Assembly Plant, the Ford Chicago Assembly Plant, and the Ford Chicago Stamping Plant.

On-site vaccinations will continue at Ford’s plants in Ohio, Michigan, and Missouri through June, and Ford and the UAW are planning to add more COVID-19 vaccine sites at other facilities across the country soon.

We’ll have more on the status of these COVID-19 policies and procedures soon, so be sure to subscribe to Ford Authority for the latest Ford-related COVID-19 news and ongoing Ford news coverage.

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Written by Brett Foote

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. So ridiculous even the CDC states that masks don’t stop the virus. Why do these companies bend a knee to the bull crap.grow a pair and act normal.

  2. Can only imagine who the ‘medical experts’ are as the masks have already been proven useless, even unhealthful. Masks are a ‘social control’ device, nothing more. I’m now concerned about the UAW and the vehicles they help build.

  3. Is the uaw part of the Biden administration? Come on guys. Masks don’t help. We haven’t worn masks in the south. No problems. My doctor doesn’t even require patients to wear masks in his office. Give it up and get back to work.

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