Ford Pushes For Factory Restart, Union Not So Sure

Mar 26, 2020

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Ford wants to reopen five North American assembly plants in April that were closed due to the threat of coronavirus, including the truck plant in Kentucky.

The three Detroit automakers suspended production at North American factories March 19 under pressure from the United Auto Workers union (UAW), which had concerns about members working closely at work stations and possibly spreading the virus.

Union spokesman Brian Rothenberg said today the UAW is reviewing Ford's announcement  “with great concern and caution.”

The company says it's aiming to reopen its factory in Hermosillo, Mexico, on April 6, followed by its Dearborn truck plant, Kentucky truck plant, the Ohio Assembly Plant and the Transit van line at the Kansas City plant on April 14.