With the Detroit Lions set to play in its first NFC Championship Game since the turn of the 21st century, many fans across Michigan are thrilled at the opportunity to watch their historically uncompetitive team play for a shot to win a Super Bowl. Even General Motors is playing attention, as the Detroit-based automaker recently showed its support with an altered version of its iconic GM logo. Now, The General is taking another step for the Lions fans among its workforce by delaying a shift start at one of its Michigan facilities so its workers can watch the game.
According to a report from Detroit Free Press, the GM Flint plant in Michigan – which produces Chevy Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD pickups – will have its third shift delayed by one hour. More specifically, the 1,500 workers scheduled to work at 10 p.m. will now start at 11 p.m. to watch the entirety of the Lions-49ers matchup, which is slated to start at 6:30 p.m. on January 28th, 2024.
“We recognize the Detroit Lions playing in an NFC Championship game as a rare, unique opportunity that warrants this temporary schedule adjustment to allow employees to enjoy the game and to make it to work on time,” a GM Spokesperson stated.
It’s worth noting that of the four teams still in the 2023 NFL Playoffs – which also include the Kansas City Chiefs, Baltimore Ravens, and San Francisco 49ers – the Detroit Lions are the only franchise to have not won a Super Bowl since the AFL-NFL merger back in 1970.
“It’s Lions gear everywhere and everyone’s pretty excited,” UAW Local 598 Shop Chairman Eric Welter stated. “It’s a time in Michigan that hasn’t ever occurred before and I’m expecting many employers to do what they can to support that. We were probably early, but I’d imagine everyone else will do something to accommodate it.”
Notably, the affected workers will lose an hour of pay, but are reportedly not complaining.