General Motors discusses 'Return to Work Safely Playbook' for COVID-19 employee safety

The Return to Work Safely Playbook is one to keep Indiana's 6,600 employees free from the coronavirus.

Posted: Sep 28, 2020 7:31 PM
Updated: Sep 29, 2020 1:15 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - General Motors COVID-19 safety plan is what Stephanie Mack, head of communications at GM Fort Wayne Assembly plant considers a plan that's made her feel safer at work than ever before. 

"We have heard over and over again where people say they feel safer in the plant than they do when they go to the local grocery store," said Mack. 

Mack spoke to community leaders Monday afternoon during a Rotary Club meeting at Parkview Field. 

The GM Fort Wayne Assembly plant shut down for eight weeks, closing on Mar. 20 and reopening on Jun. 1. 

United Auto Workers GM plant chairmman Rich LeTourneau confirms about 25 COVID-19 cases from employees, but says they never reached the plant.

"We haven't really had cases that started in the plant. We've got cases, but they were from outside the plant. And I think we caught 100% of them before they got inside of the building," said LeTourneau. 

The Return to Work Safely Playbook is one to keep Indiana's 6,600 employees free from the coronavirus.

Mack says employees can rest assured because, "They know that people are not going to get into the plant if they are showing symptoms."

She says GM has laid out clear cut safety measures. 

And employees are abiding by them. 

"We have people on the lines trying to keep people safe and they have been extremely effective," said Mack. "And they are very strict. And every employee follows them everyday, at every plant at General Motors."

LeTourneau says employees are working with the changes as best as possible. 

He says, "They've adjusted well. Everyone wants it over I guarantee that, but they've adjusted accordingly."

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