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 and alumni of the Guardian. In addition to filing over 1,800 stories from 46 states, Elk was the only American reporter in the room with Lula on the morning of the election & traveled with him to the Oval Office. Credited by the Washington Post for being the first reporter to track the strike wave systematically, Elk started Payday Report using his NLRB settlement from being illegally fired for union organizing in 2015. He lives in his hometown of Pittsburgh and works frequently in Rio de Janeiro, where he attended college at PUC-Rio. He speaks both Portuguese and Pittsburghese fluently. His email is [email protected]

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