Fiat Chrysler’s minivan plant in Canada has stopped production following workers refusing to work amid concerns of an employee contracting the virus.
There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at the plant, however there is an employee “out on self-quarantine as a precaution because of possible secondary contact,” Fiat Chrysler said in a statement Friday.
Windsor Assembly plant workers walked out mid-afternoon Thursday, and the facility was idled until about 3 p.m. Friday, according to the company and Canadian union Unifor, which represents the workers.
Fiat Chrysler said Canada’s Ministry of Labor visited the plant on Thursday to investigate and determined its “protocols and work environment to be safe.”
“We are working with the local union and Unifor leadership as well as government officials to address this issue in order to restart production as soon as possible,” the company said. “We continue to monitor the situation carefully and take precautions to safeguard the health and welfare of the FCA family.”
The Windsor Assembly plant employs nearly 5,900 people, including more than 5,600 hourly workers. The plant produces all versions of the Chrysler Pacifica and Dodge Grand Caravan minivans.