Reuters is reporting that the United Auto Workers (UAW) and Detroit’s automakers are working on a plan to reopen auto plants in the U.S.
According to the report, the goal is to get some plants up and running sometime in early May. Auto manufacturing in the U.S. has is at a standstill since March when plants were idled as a result of the rapid spread of COVID-19.
The goal of the negotiations are to develop a set of safety practices and sick leave policies that would act as a template for how to safely reopen operations, and could act as a roadmap for other manufacturing industries.
A key demand for the UAW is that workers would be allowed to self-quarantine without sanctions if they feel they are ill or have symptoms of COVID-19.