VICE PRESIDENT GERALD KARIEM VISITS FORD FACILITY WHERE UAW FORD MEMBERS VOLUNTEER TO MAKE VENTILATORS
In a span of 40 days, UAW Ford Members at the Flat Rock facility working with 3M Corporation, retooled and learned to create crucial ventilators for first responders and hospital staff.
Ventilators are protective cooling devices that shield medical personnel and first responders from the COVID-19 virus.
Utilizing existing cooling devices from Lincoln and Ford seat coolers, as well as common parts and 3M’s design expertise, UAW Ford members have put their skills to work along with Ford plant leaders to make thousands of ventilators each day.
UAW Vice President Gerald Kariem toured the facility and met with UAW Ford members as they assembled these critical devices.
“I couldn’t be more proud of our UAW members,” said Kariem. “This is what the wheel represents. These members could have stayed home and in some cases made more money, but they stepped up to the challenge that we all face in this pandemic. It is the same spirit the UAW had in World War II and throughout our history. It’s a phenomenal thing and we are all proud of these UAW members.”
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