DETROIT — American Axle and Manufacturing halted operations on Monday after days of being pressured by employees and the UAW.
In an update to members on Tuesday night, UAW President Rory Gamble said the union “succeeded in finally getting American Axle and Manufacturing to close the Fraser, MI, facility after a worker tested positive at that location.
“I’m sorry to say there was a great deal of resistance from the company.”
At the end of last week, an employee’s COVID-19 test came back positive, causing disruption and panic among workers. American Axle expected employees to continue working and report to their shifts. It wasn’t until Monday evening that the plant shut down.
Trent DeSenglau, the UAW’s local plant chairman at American Axle in Fraser, played a key role in fighting for the plant to close, the UAW said.
“We just want to be home to make sure our families are safe, to make sure we’re not infecting other people,” he told the Detroit Free Press. “They’re making us come to…