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Union wants Dearborn plant closed until all employees tested


May 23, 2020, 8:05 AM

Union reps at the Ford Motor Co. Dearborn plant are asking that the company adapt its practices to the coronavirus, including shutting the plant until all 4,000 workers are tested. 

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The Free Press reports

The three main  requests in UAW Local 600's grievance are:

  • That Ford close down Dearborn Truck immediately and have all 4,000 workers tested. When the majority are negative, Ford restarts the plant with the healthy workers.
  • That Ford give workers an extra 20 minutes of break time because the face masks they must wear — which the union supports — make the physical labor harder and therefore it is more draining on the workers.
  • Finally, it asks that if a worker tests positive for coronavirus, Ford shut down the plant for a full 24 hours for cleaning.

The plant makes the company's top-selling vehicle, the F-150 pickup truck. 

The company responded that "safety of our workforce is our top priority."


Read more:  Detroit Free Press


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