Automakers Make Bold Move

Automakers Make Bold Move

( – Industries across the nation are dealing with the coronavirus outbreak differently. Grocery stores remain open, but some are cutting hours. Many service industry businesses have either shut down or, in the case of numerous restaurants, adjusted their hours and offer take-out only.

Now, the auto industry is making waves with its strategy.

The country’s three big auto manufacturers are temporarily shutting down final assembly plants across the states until the end of March. The decision by Ford, Fiat Chrysler, and General Motors impacts about 150,000 United Auto Workers (UAW) union members.

Kumar Galhotra, Ford’s president of North America, told CNBC the company is communicating with union leaders to try and minimize the damage from COVID-19. Approximately 150,000 workers are impacted throughout the industry.

UAW announced it reached a deal with the three companies on Monday that’ll allow the plants to partially shut down on a rotating cycle. The plants and equipment will be cleaned deeply between shifts in order to keep employees safe. Automakers say they’ll reevaluate the situation at the end of the month.

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