Paul A. Eisenstein5m ago / 4:24 AM UTCCoronavirus starts to take a major toll on automakersMost white-collar auto industry employees by Fiat Chrysler, Ford and General Motors are working from home this week, but Detroit’s Big 3 have formed a task force with the United Auto Workers Union to see if there’s a way also to protect hourly workers from the coronavirus without shutting down their U.S. parts and assembly lines.With schools closed, major sports leagues suspending their seasons, large gatherings being canceled and the travel industry in freefall, automotive analysts are downgrading their 2020 sales forecasts. Morgan Stanley now anticipates U.S. demand for new cars will plunge to 15.5 million, down from last year’s 17.1 million vehicles.There are a few, faint bright spots. Read the full story here.The Associated Press47m ago / 3:41 AM UTCAs more Washington state deaths reported, Inslee OKs $200M coronavirus responseSEATTLE — As the death toll from COVID-19 in Washington state reached 54, Gov. Jay Inslee signed a measure drawing $200 million from the state’s emergency “rainy day” fund for the state’s coronavirus response.Inslee said the funding bill “is really about protecting what we hold most dear, our lives and the lives of our loved ones.”


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