GM Rebuffs Union Request to Shut Plant Because of Covid Outbreak

June 12, 2020, 8:00 AM


General Motors has rejected a request by the United Auto Workers to shut its Wentzville Assembly plant outside St. Louis for 14 days after five workers tested positive for coronavirus, the Detroit Free Press reports.

Instead, GM made changes to improve safety protocols to protect workers and trace whether there has been any spread of coronavirus, UAW Local 2250 President Glenn Kage tells Jamie LaReau of the Freep. 

“They’re trying to do what’s right, but this virus is hard to attack, hard to trace and hard to contain," Kage said. "If we see a large outbreak in one area, then we need to have a serious conversation about what to do to protect our members.”

The plant reopened in mid-May. 

A GM spokesman said the automaker evaluates plants on a case-by-case basis and does what’s needed to keep people safe.

Read more:  Detroit Free Press

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