UAW announces partial shutdown of automakers, rotating shifts to fight COVID-19

Mar 18, 2020

Union workers spent the night in talks with leadership of the Big 3 automakers, about how to handle the COVID-19 pandemic.

Credit United Auto Workers

The United Auto Workers says companies have agreed to new measures that will increase adherence to Center for Disease Ccntrol and Prevention recommendations on social distancing in the workplace.

"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," the UAW said in a statement.

Automakers will be working on shift rotation to minimize risk. The companies have also agreed to work with the union in Washington, D.C., to help manage the disruption in the industry.

The union expects to release more information on this in the next 24 hours.