Automakers, union tell workers to keep wearing masks at work


FILE – In this June 24, 2019, file photo machines work on a Ford vehicle assembly line at Ford’s Chicago Assembly Plant in Chicago. (AP Photo/Amr Alfiky, File)

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — Don’t ditch those masks yet, autoworkers.

A task force made up of union and car company officials said it will continue to require workers to wear masks on the job “out of an abundance of caution.”

The task force, represented by officials from United Auto Workers, Ford, General Motors and Stellantis, said the mask requirement will remain in place until the Occupational Safety and Health Administration issues guidelines in response to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recent change in Covid-19 workplace standards.

The CDC last week relaxed its mask-wearing guidance for people fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

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