Mid-April appears to be the earliest that most North America production could resume, but the deaths of at least six UAW members at Ford and FCA in the United States underscore the worries many workers have about returning to the factory floor. In Canada, the union Unifor remains skeptical about a return to production.
The next Detroit auto show is now scheduled for June 2021, organizers told sponsors on Saturday.The TCF Center, where the show was set to take place in June, is being converted by the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency for a field hospital as coronavirus cases in Michigan rise.
Ford said it will reopen some key truck factories by mid-April while Honda and Toyota, citing slumping sales, extended shutdowns at North American factories. Ford's plans raised more concerns at the UAW, which has pressed the Detroit Three to shutter plants to protect workers and help stem the spread of the coronavirus. FCA said it looks to resume production April 14.
The Detroit Three and United Autoworkers in the United States on Sunday said they have formed a joint task force to increase safety and health protections for factory employees and help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. GM Canada says it will follow the panel's lead.