According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, General Motors Co, Ford Motor Co and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV are slated to to resume some production at their U.S. factories from May 18. Their U.S. plants were shutdown in March because of the coronavirus outbreak.
In recent days, executives from the companies have tentatively settled on the timeline following talks with United Auto Workers (UAW) leaders and Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s office, said the report citing sources.
In a statement, Ford said, it is yet to determine when it will resume production at its North American plants.
Fiat Chrysler said it will communicate the new restart dates in the due course of time.
Last week, the head of the UAW union had warned that it was “too soon and too risky” to reopen auto plants in early May citing risks to workers.
Michigan’s Governor Whitmer said, she would be “guided by data, not artificial timelines.”
The companies are working with the union on drawing up safety protocols for reducing exposure risk for workers; these terms are yet to be finalized.
Neither UAW nor GM immediately responded to requests for comments.
As of Monday, Michigan had reported 38,210 COVID-19 cases, as well as 3,407 deaths.