Home » Markets » Detroit automakers to idle 150,000 workers due to coronavirus: sources
Detroit automakers to idle 150,000 workers due to coronavirus: sources
Coronavirus will pressure auto supply chains: Bob Nardelli
Former Chrysler CEO Bob Nardelli on rolling back EPA regulations on the auto industry and the potential impact of the coronavirus on earnings.
Detroit (AP) — Detroit's three automakers have agreed to close all of their factories due to worker fears about the coronavirus, two people briefed on the matter said Wednesday.
Continue Reading Below
Automakers are expected to release details of the closure later in the day. The United Auto Workers union has been pushing for factories to close because workers are fearful of coming into contact with the virus.
The people didn't want to be identified because the closures have not been formally announced.
FORD MOTOR COMPANY
GENERAL MOTORS COMPANY
FIAT CHRYSLER AUTOMOBILES N.V.
The decision reverses a deal worked out late Tuesday in which the automakers would cancel some shifts so they could thoroughly cleanse equipment and buildings, but keep factories open.
CORONAVIRUS SHUTS DOWN FERRARI, LAMBORGHINI PLANTS
But workers, especially at some Fiat Chrysler factories, were still fearful and were pressuring the union to seek full closures.