“Lear is hell”: Workers speak out as COVID-19 outbreak at Indiana auto parts plant worsens
24 September 2020
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Anger is growing among workers over the worsening COVID-19 outbreak at the Lear automotive seating plant in Hammond, Indiana. The facility employs nearly 900 workers and is located just across the state border from Chicago, Illinois.
Nearly two weeks ago, a wildcat strike broke out at the factory for several hours. Workers are gravely concerned that they were being exposed to the coronavirus in the plant. The work stoppage quickly led to production disruptions at the nearby Ford Chicago Assembly Plant, which is supplied by Lear and produces the Explorer SUV. Both Lear management and the United Auto Workers union rushed to the idled lines to