All three Detroit automakers had workers test positive for COVID-19 since plants reopened

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FILE PHOTO: A car hauler transports newly built Chevrolet Impalas from the General Motors Detroit-Hamtramck plant in Detroit, Michigan, U.S. September 15, 2019. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

DETROIT (Reuters) – In the week since U.S. auto factories reopened after coronavirus lockdowns, workers at all three Detroit automakers have tested positive for COVID-19 but only Ford Motor Co has temporarily closed plants.

The U.S. auto industry reopened many plants last week after a two-month shutdown due to the global pandemic. To ensure safety during the outbreak, companies imposed new safety measures, including screening employees, use of face masks and social distancing.

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All 3 Detroit automakers had workers test positive for COVID-19 since plants reopened

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FILE PHOTO: A car hauler transports newly built Chevrolet Impalas from the General Motors Detroit-Hamtramck plant in Detroit, Michigan, U.S. September 15, 2019. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

DETROIT (Reuters) – In the week since U.S. auto factories reopened after coronavirus lockdowns, workers at all three Detroit automakers have tested positive for COVID-19 but only Ford Motor Co (F.N) has temporarily closed plants.

The U.S. auto industry reopened many plants last week after a two-month shutdown due to the global pandemic. To ensure safety during the outbreak, companies imposed new safety measures, including screening employees, use of face masks and social

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‘How about next June?’ Small meat processors backlogged as virus idles big plants

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CHICAGO/WINNIPEG, Manitoba (Reuters) – Inside the small-scale Iowa abattoir Stanhope Locker and Market, owner Shaunna Zanker yawns with exhaustion as she listens to yet another farmer asking her to slaughter his pigs.

Workers prepare chicken at Buckeye Poultry in Greenwich, Ohio, U.S., May 13, 2020 as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak continues. REUTERS/Dane Rhys

“I’m so sorry, but we’re booked through March of next year,” Zanker said on the phone. “How about next June?”

Slaughter operations like Zanker’s are booming as novel coronavirus outbreaks at major U.S. and Canadian meat plants force farmers and meat-loving consumers to seek out alternatives

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French carmaker Renault could close plants and cut jobs: union

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PARIS (Reuters) – French carmaker Renault (RENA.PA) could unveil job cuts and plants closures on Thursday as the company looks to save 2 billion euros ($2.2 billion) in costs, a representative for far-left union CGT said on Monday.

FILE PHOTO: A Renault Clio E-Tech Hybrid car is seen at Brussels Motor Show, Belgium, January 9, 2020. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir/File Photo

Renault has called for a meeting with unions on Thursday regarding its cost-saving plans, the representative said.

“This is when the general management will formalize what it calls a 2 billion (euro) cost-cutting plan, in which further staff reductions

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