Ford has announced that it will shut down all North American plants until March 30.
Following Thursday evening shifts, Ford Motor Company will temporarily halt production in order to deep clean its facilities and contain the spread of coronavirus.
"As we look at solutions for continuing to provide the vehicles customers really want and need,” said Kumar Galhotra, Ford’s president of North America. “In these unprecedented times, we’re exploring unique and creative solutions to support our workforce, customers, dealers, suppliers and communities.”
Rory Gamble, the UAW's president says the move is prudent.
"By taking a shutdown and working through next steps, we protect UAW members, their families and the community,” said Gamble. “We have time to review best practices when the plants reopen, and we prevent the possible spread of this pandemic."
Union workers will continue to receive pay, similar to when they are on leave, UAW spokesperson Brian Rothenberg told theDetroit Free Press.
"The contract allows for supplemental pay on top of their unemployment, which is about 88% of their pay," said Rothenberg.
Ford is joined by GM and FCA in committing to temporary shut downs.