Unifor, Automakers Announce Joint Taskforce For COVID-19 Emergency


Leaders at Unifor, FCA Canada, Ford of Canada, and General Motors of Canada announced a joint task force to implement enhanced protections for manufacturing and warehouse employees at all three companies during the current COVID-19 / Coronavirus crisis.

The Canadian task force includes:

  • Jerry Dias, president, Unifor
  • Dean Stoneley, president and CEO, Ford of Canada
  • David Buckingham, chairman, president and chief executive officer, FCA Canada
  • Scott Bell, president and managing director, GM Canada

Unifor and the three Canadian automakers are in continuous communication at the national and plant levels to ensure they take appropriate actions and continue to follow the advice of medical staff and experts to help keep workers and their families protected from the COVID-19 virus. They are also maintaining ongoing communication with government and health officials at all levels.

Preventative actions currently under review at the three companies’ Canadian auto facilities include visitor screening, increased cleaning and sanitizing of common areas and touch points, safety protocols for people with potential exposure and those who exhibit flu-like symptoms. The task force members today discussed progress with additional safety practices and actions including break and cleaning schedules, health and safety education, health screening, food service and any other areas designed to improve protections for employees.

The leaders are committed to maintaining ongoing communication with each other and health experts to assist with employee health and safety and to ensure that appropriate protective actions are taken.

Unifor said it would continue to monitor the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic across the country. In an ongoing effort to keep its members informed of the latest developments regarding the pandemic, Unifor has made available several resources for its members across Canada:

COVID-19 Web Page

Visit www.unifor.org/covid19 for the most up to date union information, resources, and news on the coronavirus. At this point in the crisis, new information is posted daily, including a growing list of sector-specific backgrounders.

Frequently Asked Questions on COVID-19

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COVID-19 Checklist for income replacement

This checklist sets out the possible measures that may be available for income replacement events including; sickness cue to COVID-19, isolation or quarantine, family care obligations, and layoff or business closures.

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