New task force unites major automakers, as well as the UAW.
The United Auto Workers (UAW), General Motors, Ford and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) announced that they are forming a COVID-19 task force to implement enhanced protections for manufacturing and warehouse employees at all three companies.
Preventative action includes enhanced visitor screening, increased cleaning and sanitizing of common areas and touch points, and implementing safety protocols for people with potential exposure, as well as those who exhibit flu-like symptoms.
“Workplace health and safety is a priority for us every day, all three companies have been taking steps to keep the COVID-19/coronavirus out of their facilities and during this national emergency, we will do even more working together,” said UAW President Rory Gamble. “We are focused on doing the right thing for our people, their families, our communities and the country. All options related to protecting against exposure to the virus are on the table.”
In a joint statement GM, Ford and FCA said, “This is a fluid and unprecedented situation, and the task force will move quickly to build on the wide-ranging preventive measures we have put in place. We are all coming together to help keep our workforces safe and healthy.”