January 31, 2023

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Stellantis Corporation employees were notified by letter dated January 17 at their facilities that scheduled doctor appointments and other medical events will no longer be excused. The letter, signed by Human Resources Manager Joe Boyer and Christy Shephard of Labor Relations, cites the authority of letter M8 of Fiat Chrysler’s (FCA) 2019 union agreement with the United Auto Workers (UAW).

The letter posted by Stellantis announcing the new vacation policy [Photo: WSWS]

The letter states that from January 30 this year, “the M8 language as nationally negotiated” will be used. According to this section of the contract, only “urgent and immediate medical treatment” is an excusable reason for absence, regardless of whether the employee has previously reported. According to the letter posted:

“Examples of what will not be accepted may include, but are not limited to: annual physical exams, colonoscopy, headaches/migraines, mammograms, physical therapy appointments, scheduled dental/oral surgery (emergencies might be considered), pre-scheduled or follow-up medical appointments with family doctor for yourself or your child.”

The UAW agreed to this policy in the 2019 negotiations, but the above examples of unacceptable absences do not appear in Section M8 of the agreement. However, the UAW remains silent on this brutal attack on workers and their right to the health care they need and their children.

No reference is made to the COVID-19 pandemic, which began in early 2020, barely a month after the December 16, 2019 contract signing date with FCA, Stellantis’ predecessor. The company, with the active complicity of the UAW, has spent three years covering up the extent and deadly consequences of the spread of the coronavirus at its factories. Only due to wildcat strikes by FCA workers in March 2020 who refused to work in conditions where they risked their health and that of their families, production was halted for almost two months until May 2020.

At the time, the company issued public statements declaring that the health and safety of its employees was its “top priority.” Today, in response to Stellantis’ letter, an additional employee shared with the World Socialist Web Site“The company is now saying COVID is over. What do you do if you catch it? According to them, you should come and work sick and infect everyone else.”

An unexcused absence will be treated as an “incident” by management. As such, it is credited to the employee. After four incidents, temporary layoffs will be imposed until seven such incidents occur within a year if resulting in dismissal.


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