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
A protege of Bill Greider, Mike Elk is an Emmy-nominated labor reporter who covered Lula & the drug war in Brasil and spent years covering union organizing in the South for The Guardian. In 2016, he used his NLRB settlement from being fired illegally for union organizing at Politico to start the crowd-funded Payday Report. The son of retired United Electrical Workers (UE) Director of Organization Gene Elk, he was once described as an "abrasive gadfly" by the New York Times for his role in exposing sexual misconduct in the labor movement. He lives in his hometown of Pittsburgh. Email: [email protected]

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