Yesterday, UAW Local 434 members at John Deere in Moline, Illinois began producing face shields for health care workers battling COVID-19 in their communities. The original run will produce 25,000 face shields with materials on order to produce another 200,000. The shields will be distributed to local health care facilities, as well as being used by production workers to ensure they’re safe while producing the equipment.
“This is a very proud day for the UAW and our UAW members. I want to recognize the hard work that Secretary-Treasurer and Agriculture Implement Department Director Ray Curry and Region 4 Director Ron McInroy contributed to this effort. This included working to put the necessary health and safety provisions in place for our members to begin manufacturing critically-needed face shields for the health-care workers who are on the front lines of this crisis saving lives. We are especially proud of the courageous UAW members who are stepping up to do this critical work,” said UAW President Rory Gamble.
UAW members at manufacturing facilities across the country have begun producing protective equipment to keep our health care professionals and first responders safe. We’re thankful to all of these members who have risen to the occasion and offered their skills and training to help us fight the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Their dedication and sacrifice embodies everything that it means to be a UAW member.
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