Ford Motor Co. plans to build respirators using paid UAW volunteers assigned to an idled assembly plant in Flat Rock, Mich., beginning the week of April 6, according to the union local representing those workers.
The automaker will build respirators on three shifts at a building near the factory, according to a Tuesday post from UAW Local 3000. Ford said last week it is partnering with 3M to build respirators, but didn’t disclose details. Flat Rock workers typically build the Mustang and Lincoln Continental, but all of Ford’s North American plants have been temporarily shuttered to help stem the spread of the coronavirus.
It’s unclear how many paid UAW volunteers Ford will use to build respirators.
“This is a call to action for a cause that transcends everyday comforts,” according to a transcript of a robocall to workers. “It is an opportunity to make a bad situation better, and help our medical professionals, first responders, and all affected by COVID-19.”
Ford, in a statement…