DETROIT, May 5 (Reuters) - The union that represents U.S. hourly workers at the Detroit automakers on Tuesday cleared the way for the companies to restart vehicle production amid the coronavirus pandemic after Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV (FCA) said it expected to reopen its North American plants on May 18.
“We continue to advocate for as much testing as possible at the current time and eventually full-testing when available,” United Auto Workers union President Rory Gamble said in a statement. “As for the start date, the companies contractually make that decision and we all knew this day would come.”
FCA said during its first-quarter earnings announcement that it expected to restart its North American operations on May 18. General Motors Co and Ford Motor Co have not announced restart dates, but the companies want to resume production so they can start bringing in much needed cash. (Reporting by Ben Klayman Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)