FCA to resume production May 4

A minivan in production at the Chrysler Windsor Assembly plant, December 7, 2018. Photo by Mark Brown/Blackburn News.

Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles is the first Big Three automaker to set a date to resume manufacturing.

Chrysler Canada spokesperson Lou Ann Gosselin confirmed to BlackburnNewsWindsor.com Monday afternoon that FCA is planning a progressive restart of its North American operations on May 4.

“FCA continues to make the health and well-being of its employees a top priority. With that in mind, FCA intends to progressively restart its U.S. and Canadian manufacturing facilities beginning May 4,” said the company in a media release.

Unifor Local 444, which represents employees at the plant, went to Twitter Monday afternoon to indicate members have been told they will resume work on May 4.

The company has continued to indicate that the cleaning and sanitation of all plants, including Windsor Assembly, is its primary focus.

“During this current production pause, we are working with government officials and our unions to implement new procedures to certify the daily wellness of our workforce while also redesigning work stations to maintain proper social distancing and expanding the already extensive cleaning protocols at all locations,” read the release. “As a result of these actions, we will only restart operations with safe, secure and sanitized workplaces to protect all of our employees.” 

FCA, Ford and General Motors all announced last month they would temporarily halt production in North America due to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic. Ford has reported that its factories will remain closed until further notice. There has been no official word from GM.