Sisters and Brothers,
We have been notified today that two more members of our UAW family have fallen to the virus. One member worked at Ford Motor Company Dearborn Stamping and a skilled trades brother who worked at the Ford Data Center in Dearborn, Michigan. Our prayers and support go out to their families and communities.
I also want to extend, on behalf of the entire International Executive Board, our gratitude and concern for our members and all the brave men and women who are serving on the frontlines of this crisis to keep all of us safe. We pray for your wellbeing and safety.
A quick update today on efforts to produce the desperately needed Personal Protection Equipment for those frontline workers. General Motors has announced that it is converting the Warren, Michigan, plant to begin making surgical masks. They estimate to start, they will be able to produce 50,000 masks per day, potentially increasing to 100,000 per day. All workers in these efforts are paid volunteers.
We continue to work tirelessly to protect our members and our communities during this global crisis. I want to urge us all to stay safe, stay calm and adhere to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV.
You can find updates and submit questions that you may have about your worksite at UAW (https://uaw.org/coronavirus/).
My prayers, every day, are with my UAW family. We are in this together.
Rory L. Gamble
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