UAW expected to make 'Big 3' announcement within 24 hours

Posted at 9:55 PM, Mar 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-17 22:55:58-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — United Auto Workers is expected to make an announcement within the next 24 hours regarding its operations during the coronavirus pandemic.

UAW met Tuesday with the “Big Three” automotive companies, General Motors, Ford Motor Company, and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, “demanding that they do the right thing for our members,” UAW said in a statement posted on its website.

The three companies will implement measures “that will increase adherence” to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention” guidelines for social distancing.

“Most importantly, all three companies have agreed to review and implement the rotating partial shutdown of facilities, extensive deep cleaning of facility and equipment between shifts, extended periods between shifts, and extensive plans to avoid member contact,” UAW said in the release. “They will be working on shift rotation to minimize risk. The companies have also agreed to work with us in Washington, D.C., on behalf of our members as we manage the disruption in the industry.”

UAW had “strongly requested” that the three companies stop production for two weeks.