General Motors Halting Production in North America Through March 30th


General Motors Halting Production Through March 30th

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General Motors issued a press release today saying they will begin an orderly suspension of manufacturing operations in North America due to concerns over the Coronavirus. The suspension will last at least until March 30th with a resumption in operations to be determined on a week-to-week basis afterward.

“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. I appreciate the teamwork of UAW President Rory Gamble, UAW Vice President Terry Dittes and local leadership as we take this unprecedented step.”

“UAW members, their families and our communities will benefit from today’s announcement with the certainty that we are doing all that we can to protect our health and safety during this pandemic,” said UAW President Rory Gamble. “This will give us time to review best practices and to prevent the spread of this disease. 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.”

The Bowling Green Assembly Plant will be receiving instructions from GM on the suspension of manufacturing and we’ll bring you the latest updates as soon as we know more.

The rollout of the new 2020 Corvette has been impacted in ways that no one imagined a year ago. First, there was a UAW Strike last summer that set back the start of production by two months and now the coronavirus will put production on hold again. However, we do want to keep our autoworkers safe during this time so it’s the smart thing to do as the nation hunkers down for the next few weeks.

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  1. The GM employees are the companies greatest asset. On one hand I am unhappy because this is my production week and I was so looking forward to finally getting my car. On the other hand, it is the right thing to do. I would have done the same thing.

  2. Well, Pretty much we’re “almost all” in the same leaking Boat. The car I paid for for December delivery is STILL in 3000. Dealer has allotment of 7. #1 is ( or was) being built. I’m number 2. Not a big city Dealer by any means but honest & solid. Sold my other 2 Vettes at end of last Summer & got top price prior to C7 price drops. BAD decision ! Remember something like 55% of Bowling Green UAW workers voted down the proposals & wanted to keep on picketing. I was, & am angry but that is a wasted emotion at this time. Will the paid for car be built & delivered by the coming Summers end? Perhaps. Yes the right thing according to the panic stricken majority is to close production. Keep all safe, well, & I pray their families survive also.

  3. I haven’t owned a corvette since my 1971 LT1 was stolen in 77 from a dealer service lot. Was really looking forward to this on but the shutdown is necessary for the health and welfare of employees and their families.

  4. Honda and Toyota have certainly not displayed their USA autoworker concern by not
    including themselves in the “Big 3” shutdown.
    Time for them to get on board with the program.

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