UAW leader ‘encouraged’ by Ford plants’ safety protocols as reopen date considered – Detroit Free Press

UAW leader ‘encouraged’ by Ford plants’ safety protocols as reopen date considered – Detroit Free Press

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Anne Hernandez of Troy is responding to the shortage of face masks during the Novel Coronovirus threat by showing how she makes a mask. Detroit Free Press

UAW President Rory Gamble voiced concern on April 23 about sending hourly workers back into auto plants too soon, saying early May was “risky” and comprehensive safety protections needed to be put in place as intense discussion with the Detroit Three companies continued.

Late on Saturday, Ford put out its 64-page “return to work” playbook with remarks about safety protocols designed to protect workers from  the highly contagious novel coronavirus, and Ford quoted UAW vice president Gerald Kariem offering praise.

“We are encouraged by the results thus far of the safety protocols being instituted at the plants making medical equipment and in plans to implement these safeguards when it is safe for our members to report for
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