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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles workers are to pause work on Friday to recognize both George Floyd's death.

A joint letter signed by UAW FCA Department head Cindy Estrada and FCA North America Chief Operating Officer Mark Stewart notes that workers will pause for eight minutes and 46 seconds at 8:46 a.m. and again at 8:46 p.m. in each time zone.

General Motors announced a it was a minute less.

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The letter signed by Estrada and Stewart notes the company's and union's values of inclusion, celebration of diversity and "absolute rejection of racism and bigotry."

The duration of the work pause represents "the agonizing amount of time that George Floyd lay on an American street begging for his life. We do this in support of the millions who are demanding an end to racism and hate, and calling for real reform. We do this to recognize we all have a role to play in this change," the letter said.

Follow Eric D. Lawrence on Twitter: @_ericdlawrence@freepress.com.

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