Thousands of American workers will be returning to work at Ford, General Motors, and Fiat Chrysler plants this week after the manufacturing sites shut down for nearly two months amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Workers will be returning to 24 Ford plants, 19 GM plants, and eight Fiat Chrysler plants. Five additional Fiat Chrysler plants are set to reopen on May 26.
"We would like to thank the many UAW members who have worked so hard throughout the shutdown to keep the plants ready for today, as well as members who have worked to reconfigure plants for the safety of all," United Auto Workers President Rory Gamble told the Detroit Free Press. "The UAW will continue to do everything we can to protect the health and safety of all members as plants reopen. And we will continue to advocate for as much testing as possible and full testing as it becomes available."
GM said it will offer on-site tests to workers with symptoms, while Ford said it has partnered with local medical labs to offer testing. Fiat Chrysler said it has plans to quickly test symptomatic workers, but said it cannot test asymptomatic workers.