Thus, temporary workers have been used to fill in the gaps. In addition, auto companies have had to overhaul workplace safety measures including drafting mask protocols for workers and installing dividers.
One clear example of falling manpower can be seen at a Ford plant in Kentucky, where around 15% of plant employees are not showing up for work on a daily basis, a higher figure than usual.
A local union has filed a complaint against a Ford plant in Dearborn, Michigan, requesting that the company close the plant for 24 hours if a worker tests positive for COVID-19.
As of today, the complaint is still pending, and operations have continued.
GM has had a similar request from unions after an employee tested positive for the virus at its Missouri Plant.
Currently, GM has no idea when they will no longer need white-collar workers to make up for their manpower shortage. This puts the company in a tough spot since demand for their high-end pickup trucks has increased since COVID-19 hit American shores.