Slotkin Statement on Resuming Manufacturing Work in Michigan

May 7, 2020
Press Release

HOLLY, Mich. – U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (MI-08) today released the following statement following Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s announcement that Michigan’s manufacturing workers will return to work on Monday, May 11.

"The Governor’s announcement on resuming manufacturing is an important step in the deliberate, careful resumption of our economy,” Slotkin said. “The next step is for every facility to carefully consider and plan for health and safety. Given the 8th district is home to GM plants in Lansing and Lake Orion, hundreds of other manufacturing facilities, and thousands of skilled workers, it is critical that we find the proper balance between re-starting our economy and preserving the health of our workers and our families.  

"Michigan has led the nation in retooling to produce vital medical supplies and equipment, showing the country how Michigan and our manufacturing base responds when tested. Now we have the opportunity to lead the way in showing how the manufacturing sector can safely and responsibly re-open in a hard-hit state. But this announcement comes with new responsibilities for both our businesses and the workers on the job every day. Manufacturers will need to adhere to all recommended public health standards, including providing proper personal protective equipment, social distancing, contract tracing, and sick and leave policies that encourage workers to stay home when sick. Our workers likewise need to adhere to these new standards in order to keep their co-workers and families safe.  

"The lines of communication between employers and employees must remain wide open at every step of this transition back to work. Constant consultation will be key. We need smart, safe, and detailed reopening plans that protect employees and communities and help lead our economy out of this crisis."