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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