DETROIT — The UAW said Tuesday that it continues to talk with the Detroit 3 automakers about protecting workers even as Fiat Chrysler Automobiles announced plans to resume production at most U.S. plants the week of May 18.
The decision, announced as part of FCA’s first-quarter earnings report, comes after the automaker pushed back initial plans to reopen plants early this month. The union opposed an early May return to work, but a UAW statement Tuesday did not renew its previous opposition.
“As for the start date, the companies contractually make that decision and we all knew this day would come,” UAW President Rory Gamble said in a statement. “Our UAW focus and role is and will continue to be, on health and safety protocols to protect our members.”
FCA said Tuesday it plans to restart production at its North America plants, with the exception of the Jeep Cherokee factory in Belvidere, Ill., the week of May 18. The Belvidere factory, which has been idled numerous times in recent…