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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has confirmed that a worker at a Kokomo transmission plant tested positive for the coronavirus. The company says production will continue normally. 

Employees at the transmission plant were notified Thursday that one of their coworkers has a confirmed case of COVID-19. The employee has been hospitalized and nearby workers are being quarantined for 14 days. Still, some are wondering if it’s safe to come to work.

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DETROIT (AP) — Ford is shaking up its management after a poor fourth-quarter financial performance and the botched launch of the Explorer SUV.

The company says that automotive President Joe Hinrichs will retire. Jim Farley, president of new business and strategy, will become chief operating officer in charge of global markets and automotive operations.

In addition, product development chief Hau Thai-Tang will take on an expanded role for products, services and customer experiences.

United Auto Workers Approve New 4-Year Contract With Ford

Nov 16, 2019
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DETROIT (AP) — Members of the United Auto Workers union at Ford Motor Co. have voted to approve a new contract with the company.

The union says in a statement Friday night that 56.3% of workers who voted were in favor of the deal.

The four-year agreement reached Oct. 31 gives workers a mix of pay raises and lump-sum payments as well as a $9,000 ratification bonus. The company also promises $6 billion in U.S. factory investments. Ford gets to close an engine factory near Detroit but its 600 workers there will get jobs at a nearby plant.