Ford, General Motors, and Fiat Chrysler all declared on Wednesday they would be shutting down factories over the province to quell the spread of the coronavirus.
The move will include closing down the GM Accessory Plants for Tonawanda and Lockport.
As per a release from the organization, the operations in North America are being closed down because of market conditions and to deep clean facilities, with the suspension lasting until at least March 30. Production status will be re-evaluated week-to-week after that.
David Barnas, a GM representative, affirmed that workers will be repaid during the closings and that UAW leadership and GM executives are working on specific details.
“GM and the UAW have always put the health and safety of the people entering GM plants first, and we have agreed to a systematic, orderly suspension of production to aid in fighting COVID-19/coronavirus,” said GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra. “We have been taking extraordinary precautions around the world to keep our plant environments safe and recent developments in North America make it clear this is the right thing to do now.”
UAW President Rory Gamble said the move is planned to ensure the health and security of association laborers, their families, and their communities during the pandemic.
“This will give us time to review best practices and to prevent the spread of this disease,” he said. “We appreciate General Motors’ actions today and will continue to work with them on health and safety plans to be implemented when we resume production.”
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