Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press

Eric D. Lawrence

Detroit Free Press

Troy, MI, United States

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Recent articles by Eric:

Paid sick leave in focus amid COVID-19 crisis, but impact may not last

More workers are now covered by paid sick leave requirements, but the COVID-19 outbreak highlights the gaps in the system. → Read More

Does COVID-19 make thermal cameras the new normal?

Thermal cameras to detect elevated body temperatures are a new tool being deployed in the age of coronavirus. Don't call them fever detectors, though. → Read More

FCA workers bring nervous anticipation in return to truck plant

Workers at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' Warren Truck Assembly were among the tens of thousands of Detroit Three autoworkers returning to plants Monday. → Read More

Italian government might back big loans to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

FCA confirmed it's in talks with the Italian government for access to up to $6.8 billion in credit, which it would have to use in Italy. → Read More

FCA worker pulled from floor after her virus test comes back positive, source says

Autoworkers return to their plants on Monday, but an FCA worker's positive COVID-19 test offered a chance to change protocols ahead of the restart. → Read More

Lear plant in Flint had 'every square inch' adapted in response to coronavirus

The Lear seating plant in Flint opened its doors for employees Thursday to show what they can expect next week after the end of the COVID-19 shutdown. → Read More

Ex-UAW president Gary Jones arraigned in a most-unusual fashion

Ex-UAW President Gary Jones is arraigned via video conference in the ongoing corruption probe. → Read More

FCA, PSA Group ditch dividend distribution over COVID-19

Fiat Chrysler and the maker of Peugeot say they will cut a planned dividend distribution but insist their planned merger remains on track. → Read More

Coronavirus could make it tougher to find pickup truck you want

With auto manufacturing still shuttered in the United States because of COVID-19, the most popular pickups are getting hard to find. → Read More

Ex-UAW President Gary Jones to be arraigned via video this week

The disgraced former UAW President Gary Jones is to appear via video for his arraignment on charges connected to the ongoing corruption scandal. → Read More

GM's VP of global manufacturing discusses restart after shutdown from COVID-19

General Motors Executive Vice President Gerald Johnson discusses GM's pivot from autos to critical care ventilators in 30 days. → Read More

FCA's restart plan includes thermal cameras, 2,000 hand-sanitizing stations

Fiat Chrysler, which lost 22 members of its workforce during the pandemic, plans a range of continuing cleaning efforts as it prepares to reopen. → Read More

Merger of Fiat Chrysler, maker of Peugeot gets potential European approval date

We could learn by June 17 whether European Union regulators will approve a merger of FCA and PSA Groupe. → Read More

Judge won't side with Fiat Chrysler in motion on Dodge Dart clutch case

Dodge Dart owners in the suit say their cars could stall out. FCA has denied claims of a defect. → Read More

Kathleen DuRoss Ford, widow of Henry Ford II, dies

Kathleen DuRoss Ford was a former model from Detroit whose father had been a factory worker. She married Henry Ford II in 1980. → Read More

COVID-19 impact on rental car companies also hurts automakers

The coronavirus pandemic has decimated the rental car business, which also hurts automakers. Hertz says it won't need to buy any new vehicles in 2020. → Read More

Mary Barra: How GM shifted to high gear during coronavirus pandemic

Mary Barra told MIT President L. Rafael Reif that she's been impressed with GM's ability to move quickly in response to COVID-19. → Read More

Fiat Chrysler files for trademark on 'Dakota,' raising prospect of new midsize truck

Fiat Chrysler's filing for a trademark on "Dakota" could be a move toward a relaunch of its midsize truck, although it's likely to be a Ram. → Read More

Tornado damage won't stop BorgWarner plant from making parts for FCA, Ford, Toyota

A tornado ripped through a BorgWarner plant in South Carolina last month, but the facility is resuming production this week. → Read More

Ford respirators on way to health care workers in Seattle

Ford partnered with 3M on the project to get powered air-purifying respirators to health care workers. → Read More