He’s a murderer and pushing drugs that haven’t been properly tested. “We are happy with the auto companies’ response and cooperation on working through the health and safety protocols we will need in the workplace when it is appropriate to restart,” UAW President Rory Gamble said Thursday evening. 2020 Jeep Wrangler (JL) at the Toledo North Assembly Plant. The government is incompetent, and [Democratic presidential candidate Joe] Biden is scary. The Belvidere plant, which assembles Jeep Cherokees and is one of the largest employers in the region, closed March 18 as a result of coronavirus concerns. Several other plants in the U.S. and Canada are slated to resume production on May 18th, while the dates for FCA's powertrain and stamping plants have not yet been determined. In order to ramp up production in the US and Canada, the automakers must first get their supplier plants going, including in Mexico. Instead they plan to use the increasing economic disaster—with more than 26 million filing for jobless claims over the last five weeks—to stampede workers back to work. As the coronavirus pandemic rages on, vehicle production around the world has stalled to a halt. “Even though there is fear of retaliation and there is deprivation at home,” one Matamoros worker told the WSWS, “what matters is our health and the security of our families.” Referring to the deaths in Ciudad Juárez, she added, “We are the most unprotected class; it’s as if we were disposable for the employers.”. TOLEDO, Ohio — Lots of workplaces have a hot seat. Governors in the Midwestern industrial states, including Michigan Democrat Gretchen Whitmer, have sought to present themselves as more cautious but have made it clear they will ease lockdown measures to accommodate the needs of the corporations. You can’t just flip a switch and tell people to come back to work. The plant employs roughly 3,800 people to produce the GLE (in both body styles) and the GLS full-size SUV. I work in Michigan at an assembly plant that isn't going back to work till the 18th of May, but I haven't heard anything about Toledo yet. Asking for a friend.. best. If we go back, the wave will only increase. It’s irresponsible that they kept it open and exposed their employees.”, Workers at other maquiladora sweatshops in Matamoros, across from Brownsville, Texas, also struck, forcing the closure of their plants. After reopening, the two plants will produce automobiles at a reduced pace. Some choice we’re being given—either you go to work and possibly die, or you lose your job.”, GM’s attitude to the safety of workers has been demonstrated by its decision to keep open its Customer Care and Aftersales warehouse near Flint, Michigan, despite the infection of at least six workers, and by its firing last month of a local union shop chairman, Travis Watkins, at the GMHC axle plant in Wyoming, Michigan. The reopening of the plant has led to a surge in Tesla’s stock prices, adding $30 billion to Musk’s personal fortune. Autoworkers in the United States are voicing their concern and anger over plans to restart the auto industry despite warnings by public health experts that congregating thousands of workers in factories will accelerate the spread of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic. “It is ridiculous to try to force us back to work,” an FCA worker at the Toledo, Ohio Jeep plant told the World Socialist Web Site. 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