UAW Responds to Coronavirus Problems at Metro Detroit FCA Plants


DETROIT – Several workers at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Sterling Heights plants express concern about coronavirus. Many factory workers refused to work on Saturday due to safety concerns.

An employee at the Sterling Heights plant was tested. FCA reported yesterday that the person’s work area was being disinfected.

Then recently concerns about coronavirus strike Fiat Chrysler plant in Detroit shutdown the line at the Jefferson North assembly plant a week after the company reached full production capacity.

Workers at the Detroit plant refused to return on Friday, fearing exposure to the coronavirus. Meanwhile, FCA reported that there were no confirmed cases at the Detroit plant. The automaker said on Thursday that an employee had been sent home ill. This employee who was discharged home tested negative for COVID-19.

In response to concerns from FCA employees, the UAW issued the following statement:

“The priority of UAW is the safety of our members and their families and communities. Under the protocols we have developed in the event of a problem, the UAW and our members work with the CFA to address these concerns. In this case, it was a matter of thoroughly cleaning up the area and taking security measures, “said Brian Rothenberg, UAW senior communications advisor.


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