2 UAW Members at Chrysler Have Died of COVID-19

UAW members picket in Rochester, New York last fall (Zach D. Roberts)

This evening, the UAW announced that 2 UAW members employed at Chrylser have died of COVID-19.

“I can confirm that two UAW members who had tested positive, one at the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant and one in Kokomo, at the Kokomo Transmission Plant (in Indiana), have passed. Both worked for Fiat Chrysler,” said UAW spokesperson Brian Rothenberg.

“At this time, that’s all the information I have,” he added.

Major manufacturers have faced criticism for remaining open long after other businesses have closed. The latest deaths help to underscore the high risks faced by many manufacturing workers, many of whom are being forced to work during COVID-19.

May their memories always be a blessing for union workers everywhere.

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Mike Elk
Mike Elk is an Emmy-nominated labor reporter who covered everything from Lula & the Brazilian labor movement to major league baseball. He spent years covering union organizing in the South for The Guardian and was labeled by the New York Times as an "abrasive gadfly" for exposing within the labor movement. Raised in a UE union family in Pittsburgh, Elk was illegally for union organizing at Politico in 2015 and used his NLRB settlement to start the crowd-funded Payday Report. He lives in his hometown of Pittsburgh and is fluent in both Pittsburghese and Portuguese, which he learned when attending journalism school at PUC-Rio de Janerio. Email: [email protected]

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