Detroit’s three biggest carmakers will close all factories out of fear of a new corona virus,media reported. The Associated Press, citing people familiar with the matter, reported. General Motors (GM), Ford and Fiat Claes (FCA) are expected to announce the plans later today (March 18, local time).
In the past few days, the United Auto Workers has been urging automakers to close their factories over concerns about workers’ health and safety. Rory Gamble, president of the American Automobile Workers’ Federation, sent a letter to the carmakers calling for a two-week shutdown.
Ford and FCA said they intend to suspend operations at several plants in Michigan. Earlier today, Honda suspended all operations at its six North American plants, including transmission and engine plants in Ohio, Indiana, Alabama, Canada and Mexico.
Like the plants of these major carmakers, third-party suppliers will also be affected because their parts will no longer be needed. It is unclear how many workers will eventually be affected by the closure of these factories.