Although Detroit automakers shut down their North American plants last week amid growing fears over coronavirus, workers could soon be back building ventilators.
It’s unclear how retooling the factories or sending workers back into them during a pandemic might work. Any return to work will have to come with better safety protections for workers during the pandemic.
“Instead of working for profit, you’re working to help save some lives, and I think a lot of people would join in on that,” D’Andre Jackson, a United Auto Workers (UAW) representative said. “It’s what they did during wartime, and that’s what they say we’re in now. I think that if it was on a voluntary basis they could get people to go back in.”
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