Production stopped at FCAs Sterling Heights plant amid COVID-19 concerns – The Detroit News

Some workers have stopped working over issues about the infection, the business stated in a statement. Some workers had health and security concerns they wanted dealt with, UAW representative Brian Rothenberg said. The plant utilizes almost 7,300 employees on 2 shifts.
” Working with their union and FCA, they followed the procedures to deep clean, and I expect them to go to work this evening,” Rothenberg stated. “Health and safety is the most essential thing for the UAW, and this is being addressed.”.

Production stopped Saturday evening at a second Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV plant in Metro Detroit in the middle of issues of a COVID-19 break out after similar worries led staff members to quit working previously today at another site.
FCA workers stopped working Saturday night at the Sterling Heights Assembly after an employee there was sent out to be tested for the coronavirus, according to the Italian American automaker. The company stated it is following its cleaning procedures at the plant that produces Ram pickup trucks, and both FCA and the United Auto Workers stated they anticipate operations to resume Saturday night.

The company included: “The health and safety of our labor force has actually continued to be our leading concern since our plants resumed production in May. … Out of an abundance of caution, the workers work area has actually been completely cleaned up and decontaminated. In addition, all of our social distancing and personal security equipment procedures have remained in complete use.”.
On Thursday afternoon, employees at FCAs Jefferson North Assembly plant on Detroits east side refused to work after a staff member was sent to be tested for the virus. After results showed up negative Friday afternoon, operations resumed.
Protests in March from the rank-and-file added to the automakers decision to shut down their plants, which remained idle for two months. Production has been increase because mid-May, and almost all FCA plants are running at complete production.
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A line employee at Sterling Heights Assembly plant. Some workers have actually stopped working over issues about the virus, the company stated in a statement. The plant uses almost 7,300 employees on two shifts.
The company added: “The health and security of our workforce has continued to be our top priority given that our plants resumed production in May.

A line worker at Sterling Heights Assembly plant. Production stopped at the site that produces Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NVs Ram pickup over COVID-19 concerns. ( Photo: Detroit News file).