Most salaried employees globally will have to give up 20 percent of their pay for three months but will get the money later, according to a letter from CEO Mike Manley, who will have his salary cut by half. Nineteen other top execs will take a 30 percent hit.
Mid-April appears to be the earliest that most North America production could resume, but the deaths of at least eight?UAW members at Ford and FCA underscore the worries many workers have about returning to the factory floor.
Workers in Sterling Heights, Mich., and Kokomo, Ind., are the first U.S. auto plant workers known to have died after contracting the virus. Another worker at FCA’s Warren truck plant also has died, a UAW spokesman said. It was unclear whether the worker tested positive for COVID-19, but “we do know he was being treated for it,” the spokesman said.
FCA said it was temporarily shutting its Sterling Heights Assembly Plant after a worker there tested positive for COVID-19. Ford idled a final assembly building at its Ranger plant in Wayne, Mich., and Hyundai its plant in Alabama?for the same reason. VW closed its office in suburban Detroit after an employee there tested positive.