Toyota extends shut down for two more weeks


(WEHT) Toyota Motor Corp. is extending the shutdown of its North American auto plants for another two weeks with plans to reopen on May 4.

The company again is asking some workers to take unpaid time off.

The continuing COVID-19 epidemic and lower demand were cited by the Japanese automaker.

Toyota will not furlough its direct employees, but has asked its hourly plant employees to take two days out of the 10-day extension as paid time off or they can go without pay if they don’t have accrued leave.

Toyota will continue to pay the benefits of those workers for the time being, and they may be eligible for unemployment.

Toyota’s move comes a day after Honda and Nissan said they had furloughed thousands of workers as the pandemic cuts demand for cars.

Monday, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV also extended its shutdown of U.S. and Canadian plants until May 4.

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(This story was originally published on April 8, 2020)

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