Auto companies have shut down production for various lengths of time, including Ford, GM, FCA, Honda, Toyota, Nissan and Hyundai. A couple of workers were sent home with the virus from an FCA plant in Sterling, Michigan sparking a set of wild cat strikes in protest, before the FCA announced the plant shutdown.
Amid speculation that auto workers could be called upon to return to work to produce much needed ventilators for the healthcare system, UAW leaders seem to believe that the employees would be willing to return to work in spite of the hazards due to contributing to a cause rather than simply returning to a job. The idea is currently in the feasibility study phase and was instigated by the invocation of the Defense Production Act.
Amazon announced opening 100,000 new full- and part-time jobs in their distribution centers and delivery network, as Americans are shying away from brick and mortar retailers in favor of the perceived safety of online ordering. Others retailers with online options are following suit.