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GM to recall most of its hourly employees, restarts Arlington plant

May 29, 2020 7:39PM

DETROIT (Detroit Free Press) -  General Motors will have brought back most of its 48,000 hourly workforce in the United States starting next week.

GM will resume production at its full-sized SUV plant as well as the plant that makes its Cadillac compact SUV on Monday. GM also said it will increase production at its other North American SUV and pickup plants starting Monday.

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GM, FCA Eye May 18 Restart Date

May 6, 2020 1:15AM

DETROIT (Reuters) - General Motors Co (GM.N) on Wednesday outlined plans for a May 18 restart of most of its North American plants shut down by the coronavirus pandemic as it reported a stronger than expected quarterly profit, sending its shares up 5.3%.

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Michigan Governor Extends Stay-at-Home Order

April 30, 2020 09:04 PM​

 

Although Republicans in Michigan's House of Representatives refused to allow an extension of Governor Gretchen Whitmer's stay-at-home orders on Thursday, Whitmer signed three new executive orders that effectively extended the state of emergency in Michigan until May 28, according to information from Whitmer's office.

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Latest on OEM Restarts

April 27, 2020 07:54 PM​

 

General Motors, Ford Motor Co. and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles are targeting May 18 to resume some production at their US Factories after shutting down plants in March due to the coronavirus outbreak, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Executives from the companies in recent days tentatively settled on the timeline following talks with UAW leaders and Michgan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's office, the Journal said on Monday, citing people familiar with the plans.

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Wondering about the federal stimulus check?

With the buzz that some people have already received their stimulus checks via direct deposit, those who have not are raising some questions. This article gives you details about the process and timeline, as well as tips for avoiding possible scams during this time.

"Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a news briefing Monday that Treasury is ahead of schedule in getting the money out and expects that more than 80 million people will receive their stimulus money by Wednesday.

The U.S. Department of Treasury expects that a "large majority of eligible Americans will receive Economic Impact Payments within the next two weeks.""

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Jack Cooper Driver Featured in Truck News Article

One of Jack Cooper's own drivers, Trevor Yuise, was interviewed for an article in TruckNews.com, a publication of Today's Trucking.  Read more about the changes to his routine brought on by COVID-19.

"Trevor Yuise has been behind the wheel professionally for over 30 years, the last six of which have been as a car hauler for Jack Cooper Transport out of Saskatoon. But in the days of Covid-19, he is running into a unique problem when he completes deliveries to automotive dealerships."

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Ford to build Ventilators at Rawsonville Plant

Ford is partnering with GE to build ventilators at on of its Michigan plants.

"Ford and GE Healthcare announced a collaboration today to begin production of ventilators beginning the week of April 20. Together, they plan on building 50,000 of the systems in the following 100 days, or by July 4.

 

The ventilators will be built at Ford's Rawsonville plant in Ypsilanti, where 500 United Auto Worker employees will construct them, working 24 hours a day to hit the production goal. The companies aim to produce the first 1500 ventilators by the end of April." 

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Update from Director of Teamsters Carhaul Division

Director Kevin Moore provides an update on how COVID-19 is affecting the Unionized Carhauler division.

 

"Immediately following the announced plant shutdowns, the Carhaul Division led by Director Kevin Moore, contacted the National Master Automobile Transporters Agreement (MMATA) carriers to formulate a plan that protects the members and the industry. Jack Cooper was the first to agree to offer Voluntary Layoffs and provide for two weeks of health care for employees voluntarily or mandatorily laid-off." 

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Latest Plant Updates on Possible Reopenings

Updates on scheduled plant reopenings for US automakers.

 

“We are continuing to assess public health conditions as well as supplier readiness and will adjust our plans if necessary,” Ford spokeswoman Kelli Felker told CNBC in an email Monday. 

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What US Automakers Are Doing to Move Inventory

See what actions Ford, GM, and other automakers are making to help consumers purchase new vehicles or pay for their financed vehicles during the Coronavirus crisis.

 

"The company is waiving late fees through April 30 and also allowing leases to be automatically extended for a month if they're expiring, and customers don't need to take any action. GM Financial can't extend lease payment terms, but it will waive late fees.

For new buyers with great credit, GM has rolled out 84-month, 0% interest financing, with no payments due for 120 days."

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