Fully vaccinated UAW employees working in General Motors assembly plants will no longer have to wear a facemask while at work as of July 12th, 2021.
In a joint statement released Tuesday, the UAW, Ford, General Motors and Stellantis said the mask mandate would be lifted for those workers who have been fully vaccinated. The joint task force committee made the decision after reviewing new data from health and medical experts, as well as changes to state policies.
“The COVID-19 Task Force met Monday, June 28 and reviewed the reports of medical experts, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards to maintain safety as the companies continue to work through the pandemic,” the statement said.
“The UAW, Ford, General Motors and Stellantis will also continue to comply with all state, county, and city regulations where we operate facilities.”
The UAW joint task force committee, which consists of representatives from the UAW and Detroit Big Three, said earlier this month that it planned to stick with its mask mandate for assembly line workers for the time being out of an “abundance of caution.” At the time, the task force said it had reviewed reports from health and medical experts and decided it would be best to continue enforcing most COVID-19 workplace protocols it set in place last year.
The UAW said previously it would not require union members to be vaccinated, although it is still actively encouraging assembly line workers to receive a shot.
“While the UAW and the companies continue following the protocols that have kept our workplaces safe, we know that one of the best ways to fight this virus is by getting vaccinated,” the UAW said previously. “The Task Force continues to encourage everyone to roll up their sleeve and get vaccinated against COVID-19 so that we can protect our sisters and brothers and their families.”