The auto industry is getting back to work this week in Michigan (and some other states), although it's going to look a lot different.
While there are state and local guidelines to govern how plants should adjust production to protect workers — and in the auto industry, the UAW has had a lot of input into safety measures — employers also are focused on keeping their facilities safe.
"I'm not going to do anything in respect to putting production over people," Lear Corp. CEO Ray Scott told Dustin Walsh of our sister paper Crain's Detroit Business. "If we need to shut down again, we'll shut down. If that means we can't produce to our release schedules, then we won't. We're going to make sure our people are safe."
Lear, an automotive seat maker, opened its plant to the media on May 15 to show the measures it's taking, which mirror moves at other companies.
"Admittedly, walking into a production plant in the middle of a pandemic that's claimed the lives of nearly 86,000 Americans in the last 100 days is nightmare fuel," Walsh wrote in a blog about the visit. "I was fearful — for my safety and the safety of my family."