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Chrysler workers enjoying a break – Click above to watch video after the jump

Making your way in the world today takes everything you've got. Taking a break from all your worries, sure would help a lot. Wouldn't you like to get away...? Some members of the UAW, employed at Chrysler's Jefferson North Plant in Detroit, feel the need to do just that. The team at My Fox Detroit received a tip about some auto workers who were using their breaks to catch a little buzz before heading back to the line. The video, which you can watch after the jump, shows several plant employees meeting in a parking lot and throwing back some cold ones. The camera also catches a few folks enjoying some of Michigan's finest herb. Maybe this is how you respond to working after winning the lottery?

Make the jump for the video and responses from Chrysler and the UAW.

[Source: My Fox Detroit]



The response from Chrysler came quickly. Scott Garberding, Senior Vice President of Manufacturing states,
"I'm very, very disturbed about what I just saw in the video and I want to make it clear that we at Chrysler take it very seriously. For us this behavior is totally unacceptable and will be dealt with swiftly. In fact, we've already identified a few of the people involved in this incident. Each of them has been suspended indefinitely, without pay, pending further investigation. We'll continue to pursue this in fact, until we're done.

What's difficult about this is these few people, who exhibited bad behavior, have painted a bad picture what's an outstanding assembly plant, filled with outstanding committed Chrysler employees at Jefferson North. I want to make it clear that we're proud of our plant, we're very proud of the people at Jefferson North.

Lastly I want to say that when we build a vehicle we go to a lot of detail to make sure that even a few people in a situation like this, in fact cannot effect the quality of the vehicle. We have detail systems in place to make sure that every operation is completed and we do multiple-redundants to ensure quality of the vehicles we make."
The UAW added,
"(It) strongly opposes the use of controlled substances or alcohol use on the job. This type of behavior jeopardizes the health and safety of all employees. We also recognize that, unfortunately, these behaviors exist in our society."
Head over to to My Fox Detroit for the news clip. Thanks to all who tipped in.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      This is nothing new. Having lived near the Delaware GM plant in the past, the joke was always, "What's the biggest problem with American cars? Answer: Budweiser."

      The parking lot of the plant, after lunch, would be littered with beer cans and bottles. Always nice to think of mechanical workers getting lit up before going back to handle heavy manufacturing equipment.

      And for those who want to bemoan the loss of the good ol' days of having a drink at lunch, what's been practiced here and at other sites is not light drinking. Second, drinking during the work day has become frowned upon BECAUSE of the problems with employees when they return to their shifts.

      I don't like to see this, as it puts the good employees in a bad light, but this is a reflection of the bullet-proof mentality that many of these workers have, because their union shields them from any responsibility.
      • 4 Years Ago
      On the same day that Consumer Reports is going to give Chrysler a boost; these idiots get caught.

      I was on the TV site where some 400 replys were qued up about this. People are mad as hell, given the bailouts; they feel they have been had; worse there are UAW employees defending these idiots. This is going to be like a wildfire, and be broadcast everywhere. It will give Chrysler and its employees a Black Eye and cost them sales and UAW workers their jobs.

      The UAW and the General, along with Chrysler, better jump on this quick and make clear that after all due diligence, these clowns will not be UAW protected, or given back pay, or retained as employees, if quilty.

      Furthermore both the Company and the UuAW need to spend some money broadcasting the ultimate outcome, or Chrysler and its enmployees will suffer and all the good efforts of the past year will go for naught.
      kittenbritches
      • 4 Years Ago
      No wonder there are so many problems with vehicles today with faulty equipment. The workers are getitng drunk and high on their breaks and then going back to work assemblying cars. Maybe it is time to start doing random drug and alcohol testing at these places and having a zero tolerance of anyone who doesn't pass the tests or gets caught drinking or doing drugs on the job.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Add Italian workplace morale to the corporate life ... the car breaks down by itself!
        • 4 Years Ago
        So the dittoheads will laugh and point that this somehow proves the UAW is a sham.

        The lefties will scream this isn't news and FOX News is not news, etc.

        It is just a group of people zoning out from a mindless job. It happens thousands of times a day in union and non-union shops, banks, lawyers offices, homes, etc.

        What you all are reading into this is saying more about you than about the people, who they work for, what dues they pay, or who video-taped them.

        Too bad the conversation in the USA has lowered to a elementary school playground level...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Our new cars are "greener" and have a more uhh natural new car smell!
        • 4 Years Ago
        ?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I grew up in Michigan and met plenty of people who bragged about the fact they did this kind of junk every day...with their supervisors.

        It has been happening for years.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Germans drink beer at work. Seems they learned a lot from Daimler!
        • 4 Years Ago
        "It is just a group of people zoning out from a mindless job. It happens thousands of times a day in union and non-union shops, banks, lawyers offices, homes, etc."

        On top of drinking and smoking weed in public, they got back behind the wheel under the influence, and all they got was a suspension. These guys are nothing but thugs with a complete disregard for anyone but themselves and should be locked up for DUI, DWI, public intoxication, the works.

        How many of these guys you mentioned, wouldn't get canned on the spot, as opposed to being temporarily suspended and probably reinstated once things boiled over?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Legalize the weed. Prohibit the alcohol. Either way the UAW has it right. "It's acceptable behavior in America" to do this. Deal with it people.......
        • 4 Years Ago
        I hope these jerkoffs didn't assemble my SRt8.
      • 4 Years Ago
      By the way, I'm curious about something.

      As some of the comments here suggest, these workers were doing nothing wrong. My question is, if they were doing nothing wrong, why did they run away when the reporter showed up?
      • 4 Years Ago
      This could explain the build quality of our 2007 Dodge Charger that we just got rid of..

      BAM! POW!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Only that one is made in Brampton, ON by CAW workers...
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ ehisforadam

        When it comes to Canadians and weed, the fact that the car was made in Ontario is not exactly reassuring....
      • 4 Years Ago
      The union will step in and say they need rehab and you cant fire them. This happens at ALL auto plants and at large chain stores. I dont care who reports it I glad it got reported. hopefully AA will get some new members soon!
      • 4 Years Ago
      We bail these clowns out by spending billions and what we get is the usual UAW trash doing what they do best........nothing bur screwing off and living off of the tax payor.
      • 4 Years Ago
      BUILT FORD TOUGH OR BUILT JEEP HIGH !

      The Things We Make, Make Us............giddy

      The Things We Make, Make Us...........................ah...I forgot what I was going to say!

      The Things We Make, Make Us..........................."I..I love you man!"
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Things We Make, Make Us....... Ooooh.. Chetto's give me some hmmmm!
      • 4 Years Ago
      well at least we know what they do with all that money they get paid for NOT working.
      UAW is a ripoff always has been and always will be. you build junk and try to pass it off as quality workmanship. no wonder the dirty south is kicking your Detroit ass. just ask Honda, Toyota, hows the bottom line, ohh yeah the workers are actually happy with their jobs too, how can that be possible without the UAW getting paid. again you are a joke and the American people know it, fess up!
      Harli Momier
      • 4 Years Ago
      People drink and do drugs in all lines of work, so why is everyone acting so surprised? I will still buy my American Made cars and products to keep the money here before I will send it overseas.
      • 4 Years Ago
      excellent, now i know where to go to get a bag of weed!
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