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Carmakers Stir Workers’ Ire With Plan to Restart Plants in April

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Ford Motor Co. and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV drew heated language from the United Auto Workers by issuing plans to restart production at U.S. plants as the union confirmed two more of its members have died.

After halting North American output last week as the coronavirus spread across the U.S., the carmakers said Thursday they will keep their factories shut until at least April 14. Ford announced several key facilities it plans to reopen on that date, while Fiat Chrysler said its decisions will depend on states’ stay-in-place orders and the readiness of each plant.