The three biggest automakers based in Detroit, the heartland of the automotive industry in the United States teamed up with United Auto Workers (UAW to form a coronavirus task force. GM, Ford, and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles teamed up with UAW to form a task force that will work to protect the employees at the factories of the automakers from the risk of COVID-19, the disease that the coronavirus causes.
The task force will be helmed by UAW President Rory Gamble and the leaders of the respective automotive manufacturers. They will include May Barra, GM Chairman and CEO, Bill Ford who is Ford Executive Chairman, Jim Hackett, Ford President and CEO and Michael Manley who is the CEO of FCA.
The leaders of the three automotive manufacturers said in a joint statement, “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.”
According to Gamble, the task force will consider all options that will provide protection against exposure to the virus. The task force will coordinate efforts to prevent the spread of the disease and will take a wide range of actions. These actions can range from enhanced visitor screening to greater level of cleaning and sanitizing of common areas and touch points. The task force will also formulate safety protocols for people with potential exposure, as well as those who exhibit flu-like symptoms.
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