(FOX 2) – Fiat Chrysler announced on Monday that it plans to progressively restart plant facilities in the United States and Canada on Monday, May 4.
The restart date is almost two months after the FCA was first announced it stops all production in North America on March 18. The three Detroit carmakers suspended production at US factories that day under pressure from the Auto Workers union, which has concerns about worker safety.
The FCA said it would announce production status in Mexico later on.
Car companies, like other businesses, are trying to manage their way through the coronavirus crisis, which has forced factories to shut down amid employee concerns that they could contract the virus when working close to others at the factory work station.
“During the current production pause, we are working with government officials and our trade unions to implement new procedures to validate the daily health of our workforce while also redesigning work stations to maintain the right social distance and expand the extensive cleaning protocol in all locations. As a result of this action, we will only restart operations with a safe, safe and clean workplace to protect all our employees, “FCA spokesman Jodi Tinson said in a statement.
All of Michigan has been under orders to stay home since Tuesday, March 24. Governor Whitmer said on Monday that he plans to extend the order soon, which will expire on April 12.
Nearly 800,000 people have filed unemployment benefits in Michigan since mid-March, Governor Gretchen Whitmer said earlier on Monday, detailing the extraordinary impact of the corona virus on the economy with only business deemed important remaining open.
Michigan reported at least 17,221 cases of corona virus and 727 deaths, mostly concentrated in Detroit and the suburbs.
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