Ford, which has 55,000 U.A.W. employees, said those with at
least one year of service would receive 75 percent of their regular pay through
a combination of unemployment benefits and supplements paid by the company.
G.M. is discussing a similar plan with the U.A.W., a company spokesman said.
Ford said in a statement that it would shut down factories after the end of
Thursday evening shifts. G.M. said it would stagger plant closings to “ensure
that production stops in a safe and orderly fashion.” Fiat Chrysler said it
would begin shutting down production on Wednesday. All three companies said
they would idle their plants until at least March 30. G.M. employs 47,000
U.A.W. members and Fiat Chrysler 49,000. Earlier on Wednesday, Honda said it
would close its plants for six days beginning March 23, with plans to restart
production on March 31. It said it would provide full pay for the 27,000
employees in North America affected by the decision. Nissan told its dealers it
will shut down its North America plants Friday and keep them idle until at
least early April.
Reuters: Ford's Romania plant to send workers on paid
leave -news agency
Ford Motor Co’s Romania plant will send about 6,000 workers
on paid leave from March 19 until April 5, due to the coronavirus pandemic,
trade union leader Maria Manea was quoted as saying by news agency Mediafax.
The Verge: Automakers tell non-factory employees to work
remote to avoid coronavirus spread
GM also said that it will provide paid leave for all
salaried and hourly employees, including its unionized workers. The United Auto
Workers is also negotiating to get paid leave approved for Fiat Chrysler
Kold: Businesses adjust to demands of coronavirus
Winnebago Industries halted production to protect workers
from coronavirus exposure and to adjust production as demand for the company's
products is rapidly changing. Winnebago, which employees about 5,000 people,
makes motor homes, travel trailers and boats under the Winnebago, Grand Design,
Newmar and Chris-Craft brands. The Forest City, Iowa-based company has
production facilities in Iowa, Indiana, Oregon, Minnesota and Florida. The
company said Monday that production will cease until at least April 12.
Benefits and base pay will continue for the first two weeks.
PBBuzz: Tesla is temporarily suspending production at
California and Buffalo factories amid pandemic
Tesla announced it will temporarily suspend production at
its Fremont, California factory at the end of the day on March 23.
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