Tuesday, 27 July 2021 16:04

GM, UAW Demand Workers at Wentzville, MO, Mask Up Again as COVID-19 Cases Rise

Written by Jamie L. LaReau, Detroit Free Press
General Motors Wentzville (MO) Assembly employees at work Dec. 13, 2019. General Motors Wentzville (MO) Assembly employees at work Dec. 13, 2019. Melissa Vaeth for General Motors


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Nearly 4,000 workers at a General Motors plant near St. Louis must resume wearing face masks and social distancing starting late July 26 because of an increase in COVID-19 cases in the area.

In an alert sent to workers and obtained by the Free Press, the union told plant employees of the change that afternoon.


The alert read, "We have been informed by the company and UAW International that based on the severe upward trend of COVID cases in the surrounding areas all GM Wentzville Assembly Center employees will be once again required to wear masks upon entering the plant starting tonight with third shift employees." 


The notice said temperature screenings at the entrances will remain suspended, which a GM spokesman confirmed. 


GM builds the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon midsize pickups as well as full-size vans at Wentzville. Its third shift starts at 9 p.m. A GM spokesman confirmed the reinstatement of the mask mandate.


“After reviewing the COVID-19 case rates surrounding our Wentzville Assembly Plant, General Motors will reinstate the 100% mask requirement at this plant to provide an added layer of protection for employees," GM spokesman David Barnas said in a statement. "The health and safety of our team members will continue to dictate our COVID 19 protocols."


Barnas said the GM medical team will continue to monitor plant COVID-19 cases, community trends and CDC/OSHA guidance.


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