But that deal was put aside on Wednesday morning after Honda Motor Co 7267.T said it would shut its North American factories for six days because of a slump in demand, and a worker at a Ford assembly plant in MI tested positive for the coronavirus.
Ford and General Motors are confirming that they will temporarily close all of their North American factories due to the coronavirus threat. UAW officials told members Tuesday that they tried to shut the plants down Sunday, but the companies were not willing to do that at the time. The company confirmed the closure in a statement issued Wednesday afternoon.
Ford says that suspending production will allow it to thoroughly clean its facilities to allow it to protect its workforce and boost containment efforts for coronavirus/COVID-19. "I appreciate the teamwork of UAW President Rory Gamble, UAW Vice President Terry Dittes and local leadership as we take this unprecedented step".
The move comes after two MI assembly workers tested positive for coronavirus.
The closures come after Fiat-Chrysler and Ford said they were suspending production at Detroit-area plants after workers tested positive for coronavirus. "Our thoughts are with our employee and family during this hard time", a Ford spokesperson said in a statement.
Unifor said Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, which builds vehicles at two plants in Ontario, informed the union it will shut down immediately, but has not said when plants would reopen.
Since GM said the closure of its plants is scheduled to last until March 30, that could mean the Delta plant is only closed for two or three days.
Hours after reports surfaced that Detroit Big 3 automakers had agreed to measures to lower the risk of spreading coronavirus, the Associated Press reports all plants will now be closed over these concerns. No other Hyundai factories have been announced to be closing besides the Alabama location.
No coronavirus cases have been reported in any of the automakers' MI factories, but employees say it's only a matter of time.
Analysts expect USA auto sales to take a nosedive as people stay home to avoid other people.
In an email to employees, Tesla Human Resources said the company does not have final word from city, county, state and federal governments on whether the plant can operate. The company said a plant worker tested positive for the coronavirus but had not been to work in more than a week. One shift was sent home Tuesday night and the plant was cleaned.