DETROIT – American Axle and Manufacturing ceased operations on Monday after days of pressure from the employees and the UAW.
In an update for members on Tuesday eveningUAW President Rory Gamble said the union “has finally managed to get American Axle and Manufacturing to close the Fraser, MI plant after a worker at the site has tested positive.
“I’m sorry to say that the company has put up a lot of resistance.”
At the end of last week, an employee’s COVID 19 test was positive, causing disruptions and panic among workers. American Axle expected the employees to continue working and report back to their shifts. The plant was not shut down until Monday evening.
Trent DeSenglau, the local UAW plant chairman at American Axle in Fraser, played a key role in the fight to close the plant, the UAW said.
“We just want to be at home to make sure that our families are safe and that we don’t infect other people,” he said Detroit Free Press. “They take us to work and put us in a position where we don’t know if we’re safe.”
Gamble praised DeSenglaus’ efforts in the statement to members.
American Axle said in a statement: “By working together to stay informed and informed, we will always be one step ahead of this situation and make the right and best decisions to ensure the safety of our families, friends, customers and supplier partners.”
American Axle is a long-standing manufacturer of powertrain and powertrain components with its headquarters in Detroit.
Other auto parts suppliers face similar conflicts as most auto assembly plants in North America shut down to stop the virus from spreading.
For example, the Faurecia parts plant in Saline, Michigan has fired employees but is keeping many up to date to continue production. UAW is pressuring Faurecia to close the facility to ensure the safety and health of its employees and to refurbish the facility. according to the local Saline Post. A Faurecia spokeswoman could not be reached for a comment.
“The UAW is doing everything we can to ensure everyone’s safety and to help spread this terrible virus,” said Gamble’s statement.
“I have to ask again that we all try to stay calm. We all support each other and please follow the precautions for staying at home near you as far as you can. Please adhere to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations to protect yourself and others from the virus. “